During the Covid-19 Quarantine

This week, Washington has been getting more and more cases of COVID-19, so we’re opting to stay home as much as possible and to try to stay sane amongst all of the scary news stories. Please note: many of the links posted here are affiliate...

Gameschooling

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Our favorite interest-led
homeschool resource

I mean, I have quite a few favorite homeschooling resources including sites like CodeCombat, Tynker and Prodigy which are all super engaging, free and well made educational game sites, but Outschool really takes the cake!...

Outschool

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What Does it 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...

Unschooling

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Happy Lifestyle, Parenting, Unschooling

Education Can Happen Anytime

by Kelly Sherwood 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 […]

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How Important is Socialization?

by Kelly Sherwood 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 […]

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Parenting, Unschooling

Parenting, Unschooling

Teaching Young Children

by Kelly Sherwood 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 […]

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What Can We Teach Our Children Now that Will Serve Them Well in 15 Years?

by Kelly Sherwood 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 […]

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Parenting, Unschooling

Parenting, Unschooling

Creating Well-Rounded, Ample Opportunity Lives for Our Kids

by Kelly Sherwood 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 […]

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How We Tackle Discipline

by Kelly Sherwood 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 […]

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Parenting, Unschooling

Parenting

Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Life on Hold to Raise Children

by Kelly Sherwood I often hear the phrase “put her (or his) life on hold to take care of the kids.” This phrase is most often used in the context of a couple of high-earners, one of whom decides to take time off work to become a stay-at-home parent. I take issue with this phrase, […]

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