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The Way I Talk to My Kids Matters.

The Way I Talk to My Kids Matters.

    Simply put, if you talk to them with respect, they flourish.   I don’t want to go for a long walk. Yes but you have to. Why. Because I said so.   If you said that to me you might piss me off.   Finish everything that is on your plate.   That […]

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Unschooling/Homeschooling/Parenting-Find your Tribe

Unschooling/Homeschooling/Parenting-Find your Tribe

  My husband tells me that according to a book that he has just read that monkeys raise their young not always knowing who is who, they look after each child like it was their child. That years ago before the age of agriculture patriarchy didn’t exist and that the need for one’s own child […]

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The Joy of being with an Unschooler when they are Learning to Read

The Joy of being with an Unschooler when they are Learning to Read

‘I will read when I can read’ were my sons words. At aged ten he is on the edge of flying in to the world of words. The ‘not being able’ to read bit will soon be a sweet memory. I sit with him as he speaks the words out, I see a big complex […]

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Keeping Kids and Ourselves Creative is so Important in Challenging Times

Keeping Kids and Ourselves Creative is so Important in Challenging Times

When the news is all gloom and doom it is easy to give up and think ‘whats the point’ but I feel that now is the time to be extra creative, what ever that means to you. I was very lucky to be brought up in a very creative household. My father is a painter […]

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Worldschooling doesn’t always go the way you think

Worldschooling doesn’t always go the way you think

At the moment I am sitting looking out to sea, I would take a picture but my phone like the fish that lies outside our caravan door is dead.  I sit on an orange chequered caravan cushion, our caravan sits on a trailer which was rented from a man called Jesus, or more correctly Gesu, […]

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Life Without School

Life Without School

Our children do not go to school and they love it. They have no uniforms, there is no homework to be done, no tests to be taken, no sticker charts, no lunch boxes to pack, no exams to pass. If schooling was a train then they are not on it, they are not even on […]

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Anthonys Blog

Freedom and the Free Mind

Freedom and the Free Mind

The book is coming out soon and my thoughts have turned to a key question about raising kids and what might we mean when we say we want them to be ‘free’? This led me to ask what is a ‘free’ mind? The debate about conditioning ties into the wider issue of freedom. What is […]

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What on Earth is a Good Education?

What on Earth is a Good Education?

  I came across a Buddhist educational blog this week. One thread on the blog was about education so I had a look around. What jumped out straight away was the proposition that children should be given a “good” education. It’s a phrase I have heard much in my life and what is clear to […]

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Trying to explain Brexit to my kids… it all sounds so stupid

Trying to explain Brexit to my kids… it all sounds so stupid

Pretty much all of europe and most of the rest of the world has heard of the recent Brexit vote by the UK.   Over the last few days and weeks myself and Lehla have been focussed on this vote and what it might mean for us and what it also tells us about the […]

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MINDFULNESS SHOULD NOT BE A STICKING PLASTER ON THE REAL PROBLEM: OUR WORKPLACES AND SCHOOLS HAVE BECOME UNBEARABLY STRESSFUL

MINDFULNESS SHOULD NOT BE A STICKING PLASTER ON THE REAL PROBLEM: OUR WORKPLACES AND SCHOOLS HAVE BECOME UNBEARABLY STRESSFUL

        This is a blog I wrote focussed around my work as a recovery and wellness coach but realised that it is relevant to unschooling…..so here it is   It is pretty astonishing really. Here we are in 2015 and meditation is the corporate and now educational cure all of workforce pacification. […]

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UNSCHOOLING – A MESSY AND BOISTEROUS WAY OF LIVING

UNSCHOOLING – A MESSY AND BOISTEROUS WAY OF LIVING

I like order. I like planning, arranging and having things just so and in their place. This way I can feel more in control, more able to measure outcomes and anticipate events. I should say that only a part of me is like that, as other parts of me resist it. Somehow, as soon as […]

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Where are all the men then?

Where are all the men then?

If you look around at the debate about unschooling and alternative education it can seem as if it’s a debate and discussion that involves more women than men. When you look at the people who influence and decide policy at government level it seems that we have more male voices together getting everyone’s attention and […]

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Where are all the men then?

Where are all the men then?

If you look around at the debate about unschooling and alternative education it can seem as if it’s a debate and discussion that involves more women than men. When you look at the people who influence and decide policy at government level it seems that we have more male voices together getting everyone’s attention and […]

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Music + Chocolate = Perugia

Music + Chocolate = Perugia

Hi I am Olive, we live in Italy in Umbria. We are 15 minutes away from Perugia and 15 minutes from  Gubbio and 15 minutes from Assisi. Perugia is a lovely place. I have been there a lot of times. Yesterday we went  the chocolate festival, it was very nice we had lots of chocolate. […]

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The Funny House which I have made

The Funny House which I have made

Hello again, it is Amari and I am going to tell you what I have been up to….. well… I have been doing lots of things but the thing I have worked on the most is my… sort of … model camper van/ plane/ car sort of thing. It is well, I have got small boxes and paper […]

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What do Pippi Longstocking, Albert Einstein and Will.i.am have in common?

What do Pippi Longstocking, Albert Einstein and Will.i.am have in common?

I asked my daughter Amari the question about Pippi Longstocking and Will.I.Am and she said  ‘Erm, a sense of humour?’ I would say they are both hugely creative and are kinaesthetic and it seems to me that they both love to move when they think. The other title for this post was going to be ‘Dyslexia, Adhd and all those other wonderful […]

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My Maths Shame

My Maths Shame

  This picture is of my son’s ‘Maths leg’. I don’t remember the exactly when somebody said I was terrible at maths at school. But there was moment. I most likely suffered from a form of dyscalculia, if I was at school now that maybe what they would say. However, it was either that or […]

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What on Earth is ‘Strewing?’

What on Earth is ‘Strewing?’

  It does not mean making a stew. Here are a few examples of strewing. 1.  Anthony bought ‘The Big Book for Loo’ a book about interesting facts. It is by the toilet in the bathroom. In effect you could say he ‘Strewed’ (ooh that sounds really odd) He strewed it there…He left it there […]

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What is Unschooling Anyway?

What is Unschooling Anyway?

This is what I, Lehla mean by Unschooling. I do find it tricky having a label slapped on anything. So for the purpose of basic communication we are ‘unschooling’. But what does that actually mean? Are we fruit loops? Possibly. Do we ever go out? Yes a lot. Do we lock our kids away and […]

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Putting my family up onto a site like this? Bit Weird..

Putting my family up onto a site like this? Bit Weird..

In this age of self-exposes where almost everything you can think of is online I am finding it quite odd to be starting this journey collectively with my wife and kids.  It has been a long time brewing and much thought and talked about. From the Troll Scares to the potential charges of egomania through […]

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Jahli’s

Jahli’s

Hi, I am Jahli. I am 8. I like making airplanes.  I am a little bit creative. I am going to make a book and I think it’s a pretty good idea and it is about how to make paper airplanes. I would be very happy if you would buy it and the rest I […]

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Me and my book

Me and my book

So … I am Amari, I live in Italy and I am 11 years old I love dancing, swimming, drawing and writing but in the last few weeks I have been very into reading. When I sit down and start reading, I don’t stop, you literally have to take the book away to get my […]

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Hi I am Olive

Hi I am Olive

I am 11 year old my favourite colour is purple, and I live in Italy with my family. We have 7 cats and one of them that we are looking after is named is Ramon. The others cats names are Oscar he has 3 legs, Bazzel he is my cat. He has his own blanket, […]

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Lehla’s First Unschooling Post.

Lehla’s First Unschooling Post.

Here we are we have been talking about writing a blog for a long time. I have tried to take our son’s portrait, he told me how to do it, I had to try and make him look like as if he is standing on a small toy car but it didn’t work. So Ant […]

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The Way I Talk to My Kids Matters.

The Way I Talk to My Kids Matters.

    Simply put, if you talk to them with respect, they flourish.   I don’t want to go for a long walk. Yes but you have to. Why. Because I said so.   If you said that to me you might piss me off.   Finish everything that is on your plate.   That […]

Read More →

Unschooling/Homeschooling/Parenting-Find your Tribe

Unschooling/Homeschooling/Parenting-Find your Tribe

  My husband tells me that according to a book that he has just read that monkeys raise their young not always knowing who is who, they look after each child like it was their child. That years ago before the age of agriculture patriarchy didn’t exist and that the need for one’s own child […]

Read More →

Freedom and the Free Mind

Freedom and the Free Mind

The book is coming out soon and my thoughts have turned to a key question about raising kids and what might we mean when we say we want them to be ‘free’? This led me to ask what is a ‘free’ mind? The debate about conditioning ties into the wider issue of freedom. What is […]

Read More →

The Joy of being with an Unschooler when they are Learning to Read

The Joy of being with an Unschooler when they are Learning to Read

‘I will read when I can read’ were my sons words. At aged ten he is on the edge of flying in to the world of words. The ‘not being able’ to read bit will soon be a sweet memory. I sit with him as he speaks the words out, I see a big complex […]

Read More →

What Happens to your Teeth

What Happens to your Teeth

        So you think a fairy comes and takes your teeth but actually a fairy can’t pick up your teeth they are too heavy. A fairy comes on a dragon. It is the dragon that picks up your teeth with its legs. They take it to Fairy Land, who’s name is Fairy […]

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What on Earth is a Good Education?

What on Earth is a Good Education?

  I came across a Buddhist educational blog this week. One thread on the blog was about education so I had a look around. What jumped out straight away was the proposition that children should be given a “good” education. It’s a phrase I have heard much in my life and what is clear to […]

Read More →

Keeping Kids and Ourselves Creative is so Important in Challenging Times

Keeping Kids and Ourselves Creative is so Important in Challenging Times

When the news is all gloom and doom it is easy to give up and think ‘whats the point’ but I feel that now is the time to be extra creative, what ever that means to you. I was very lucky to be brought up in a very creative household. My father is a painter […]

Read More →

Trying to explain Brexit to my kids… it all sounds so stupid

Trying to explain Brexit to my kids… it all sounds so stupid

Pretty much all of europe and most of the rest of the world has heard of the recent Brexit vote by the UK.   Over the last few days and weeks myself and Lehla have been focussed on this vote and what it might mean for us and what it also tells us about the […]

Read More →

Worldschooling doesn’t always go the way you think

Worldschooling doesn’t always go the way you think

At the moment I am sitting looking out to sea, I would take a picture but my phone like the fish that lies outside our caravan door is dead.  I sit on an orange chequered caravan cushion, our caravan sits on a trailer which was rented from a man called Jesus, or more correctly Gesu, […]

Read More →

Life Without School

Life Without School

Our children do not go to school and they love it. They have no uniforms, there is no homework to be done, no tests to be taken, no sticker charts, no lunch boxes to pack, no exams to pass. If schooling was a train then they are not on it, they are not even on […]

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An Unschooling Parent goes to School…in her Mind

An Unschooling Parent goes to School…in her Mind

I come from a family of teachers, I have been an unofficial teacher myself in many ways, including a spell of homeschooling my own children. Now I find myself to be an unschooling parent but if you were a teacher and I was at your side before the kids enter the room this would happen. […]

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Unschooling, Community and Choosing to say Yes

Unschooling, Community and Choosing to say Yes

  Fourteen children of varying ages troupe around here, sometimes together, sometimes in small groups. They are shoe-less school-less the sun is out and so are they. Their parents are all doing different things, some working, one making a cake, another on a business call, someone else is writing.  You are not allowed to walk […]

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