Unschooling

What Does Unschooling Really Look Like?

I have to admit that I was not a huge fan of the term “unschooling” when I first heard it. It sounded excessively anti-establishment and like the term itself was purposely designed to evoke a strong emotional reaction. The more that we’ve experimented with it, however, to more I’ve come to see the potential of […]

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Teaching Older Kids

In my post about teaching younger kids, I focused a lot on the idea that it’s important to get kids to want to learn. That’s probably easier with younger kids than with older kids. I mentioned that our oldest really likes to play computer games, and at this young age, we’re able to parlay that […]

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Unschooling

Happy Lifestyle, Parenting, Unschooling

Education Can Happen Anytime

When we mention that we’re homeschooling our kids, peoples’ main reaction seems to be along the lines of “But how will they learn the things they need to learn?” And almost no one actually says that, because it would imply that we have absolutely no idea what we’re doing (which we totally do…), but the […]

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How Important is Socialization?

One of the major reasons people give for not being comfortable with homeschooling is that the kids won’t get a chance to be around all those other kids at school and get “socialized.” When we first decided to homeschool the kids, we agreed that this was the biggest drawback. Now we’re not so sure. There […]

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Parenting, Unschooling

Parenting, Unschooling

Teaching Young Children

I think parenting requires flexibility more than any other trait. I’ve heard my friends without kids confidently remark about this or that thing that they’ll do with their kids, and I think to myself, “you’re making the classic new/non-parent mistake of assuming that your kids will want all the things that you want.” People who […]

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Building Intuition about the Workings of the World

I frequently visit a website called Better Explained where the creator of the site explains various math and computer science concepts. His approach to the whole site is to explain things in a way that people develop an intuition about the concepts. This is in contrast to the way that we learn a lot of […]

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Happy Lifestyle, Unschooling

Parenting, Unschooling

Useful Skills

Every year there are tens of articles across the internet about the hottest careers. The only problem with these lists is that they are in industries that need work done now. Our own children won’t be entering the workforce for at least 10 years, probably more like 15. The careers that are hot now will […]

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What Does it Mean for Kids to Have Opportunity?

A major reason that parents choose homeschooling and especially unschooling for their children is that they don’t like the way formal schooling puts kids into boxes and turns learning into something that is rote and disconnected from the real world. We all want our kids to know what a full life is and we want […]

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Parenting, Unschooling

Parenting, Unschooling

How We See Discipline

A major part of parenting is getting kids to do certain things. When they don’t naturally do those things, or they don’t want to do those things, we have to figure out how to get them to do those things. Google provides this definition of discipline – “train (someone) to obey rules or a code […]

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How to Learn

There are a whole bunch of books out there about epistemology and I haven’t really read any of them. This post isn’t scientific, but it’s my attempt to explain the way I think about learning new stuff, and I think it has pretty general applicability, especially when you’re thinking about trying to encourage your kids […]

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Unschooling

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