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When unschooling there is no such thing as a late reader

When unschooling there is no such thing as a late reader

  We pack the car to go on a family trip, our girls need to go back to the library to renew books. The library is a new thing we haven’t been in English speaking countries for a while, now we are, the library is exciting. Our son says ‘I don’t have a book for […]

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Step Back and Give Them Freedom

Step Back and Give Them Freedom

    ‘Please put your shoes on’ were the words that came out of my mouth, we were about to walk to the beach. My son in his pyjama trousers, bare footed, free spirited. There are days when I just want him to put his shoes on, it is simple. But the shoe less days […]

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What is Self Directed Learning?

What is Self Directed Learning?

Right now one daughter is the computer, on the Khan Academy, my other daughter is cooking, my son is on a new scooter that was kindly donated to him by another very generous worldschooler. The kids choose their activities, we flit in and out trying to assist where we can but mostly we step out […]

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Anthonys Blog

What is learning anyway?

What is learning anyway?

An excerpt from ‘Jump, Fall, Fly’ written by Anthony Eldridge Rogers One of the main focuses of unschooling is related to learning. And out of this come many of the insecurities about alternative learning lifestyles like unschooling. It revolves around our beliefs and experiences of learning ourselves. So first of all let us get clear […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

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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When unschooling there is no such thing as a late reader

When unschooling there is no such thing as a late reader

  We pack the car to go on a family trip, our girls need to go back to the library to renew books. The library is a new thing we haven’t been in English speaking countries for a while, now we are, the library is exciting. Our son says ‘I don’t have a book for […]

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Step Back and Give Them Freedom

Step Back and Give Them Freedom

    ‘Please put your shoes on’ were the words that came out of my mouth, we were about to walk to the beach. My son in his pyjama trousers, bare footed, free spirited. There are days when I just want him to put his shoes on, it is simple. But the shoe less days […]

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What is Self Directed Learning?

What is Self Directed Learning?

Right now one daughter is the computer, on the Khan Academy, my other daughter is cooking, my son is on a new scooter that was kindly donated to him by another very generous worldschooler. The kids choose their activities, we flit in and out trying to assist where we can but mostly we step out […]

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When sending your kids to school is just not working out anymore

When sending your kids to school is just not working out anymore

  Perhaps it is time to jump? Whilst sending our children to school I had a nagging feeling that I wasn’t telling the truth, to them or to myself. Do I have to go to school? Fake me; Yes Real Me; (No) Do I have to wear this uniform? FM; Yes RM; (No) Why Do […]

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You don’t need to go to school to be a self made millionaire

You don’t need to go to school to be a self made millionaire

    This morning my husband shows me the Instagram account of a self made Italian millionairess who has made her fortune via Instagram. She just takes pictures of herself, in various outfits, looking sometimes like a model and sometimes quite normal. She has done this for years and now gets paid by fashion houses […]

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My Review of the Game Terraria

My Review of the Game Terraria

  This is a brilliant game, a bit like Minecraft but with more in it, much more in it. I love this game because you can spend ages on it, it has got loads in it that you don’t know about that you have find out for yourself. There is mining, mobs, the ocean, it […]

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A Parent’s Guide on how to make your children love reading. (Don’t)

A Parent’s Guide on how to make your children love reading. (Don’t)

    The first thing I would say is don’t make children love reading, you can’t. Support their natural inspiration and drive to learn to read because they are curious and they want to. Some ideas on how to inspire children to read Read them stories, if they want you to. Let them as far […]

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Unschooling or Mainstream Education?

Unschooling or Mainstream Education?

      Imagine a child supported by an adult who assists them in their journey whilst they follow their dreams and passions. It is kind of like this… ‘I am not going to tell you what to do, when or how to do it, neither am I going to expect results from you. If […]

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I want your weird ideas and then to make you art

I want your weird ideas and then to make you art

I want to make a crazy picture for you. I have been making crazy pictures, like a banana shooting a gun that is actually shooting bananas. Or for instance, multiple melons falling from the sky. And there is an apple that has been bitten that is shocked.   Why are you doing this Jahli? For […]

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Mums, put your oxygen masks on first before you help your child

Mums, put your oxygen masks on first before you help your child

  The flight attendant says that on the plane, I think ‘that can’t be right? Can it?’ then I think well if I am not breathing then, er…then yes it is completely right.   This has followed me around as an image for parenting. Especially in the early years when I was so exhausted and […]

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Day 6; Do Exercise you love!

Day 6; Do Exercise you love!

    Do exercise that you love… I am not good at running, I often think, why I am running? Nothing is chasing me, is it? The truth is when I go running I don’t massively enjoy it, I know people that do but it has never clicked with me. I think if I was hunter […]

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Picture No 5. EAT WELL

Picture No 5. EAT WELL

I was meant to post yesterday, as I committed to doing this for a week but I didn’t as it was my birthday! So anyway here is this  little post about self care, a day late but hey, here is day five! Eat well and drink lots of water. In my moments of feeling isolated […]

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