Parenting, 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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Parenting, Unschooling

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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Life Philosophy, 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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Parenting, Unschooling

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

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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Life Philosophy, Unschooling

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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Unschooling Curriculum

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