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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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A Letter to a Parent About reading

A Letter to a Parent About reading

This is what I would I have told my worried self about reading and my children about three years ago. One of children was diagnosed with Irlen’s syndrome and so I was very stressed about whether she would be able to read or not. As time went by she did. But here is a letter […]

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Unschooling The Kids. The Book

Unschooling The Kids. The Book

  If writing a book is like building a house, then I think I thought our unschooling book would be a neat, smallish modern build with windows letting light in and a breeze flowing through it. The words would be the bricks, the ideas possibly the cement or the light fittings, the flowing space inside […]

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This Week the Kids Helped Me Start a Business

This Week the Kids Helped Me Start a Business

Our kitchen is so loud, this is where we all work, play, cook and do our thing. Over the last few days our kitchen has become our office, our kitchen table has been a humming heaving mess of computers, pens, papers, pencils and general stuff. Anthony and I have been working on a new project. […]

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Could Minecraft hold the key to the future of how kids learn…?

Could Minecraft hold the key to the future of how kids learn…?

  ‘That is it I have got it, the future if education is Minecraft’ I say to my husband then he looks at me across the kitchen coffee in hand, ‘erm, am not sure you are right there’ he says. I am not sure I am right  either but I think I am on to […]

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Why Our Children UNSCHOOL.

Why Our Children UNSCHOOL.

Why am I doing it? I didn’t plan to be an unschooling parent, I was the one who said “I wouldn’t have the patience to unschool my kids, I am not that parent.” We are doing it, from my perspective because I believe that learning is not linear and that intelligence, creativity and curiosity are […]

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Our Story about Unschooling and how we got here!

Our Story about Unschooling and how we got here!

As the three of our children walk around Italy most people think that we are tourists as we look typically English. However when our children speak and order ice cream, it is clear that we are not…quite.   We find ourselves at this moment in our lives living on a hill in the centre of […]

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Children read when they are ready

Children read when they are ready

I read to our daughters till they were eleven. I sat up at night, read books, tantalized them with stories. There was always that nagging feeling, that school-like gremlin of mine that would tap me on the shoulder and say ‘Ha, they are a little old for you to be reading to them don’t you […]

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Are These Self Directed Learners Changing Learning as we know it?

Are These Self Directed Learners Changing Learning as we know it?

There are some mornings where I wake up with another large family of five in our kitchen. Behind the bright sparky face of our son’s Minecraft buddy, I see this family waking up. They are in South Africa and we are in Italy. Slippers, pajamas and all. I see breakfast being had and I can […]

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Learning Never Stops. Even when you are Stranded at the Edge of the Highway.

Learning Never Stops. Even when you are Stranded at the Edge of the Highway.

  At midnight whilst driving on a toll road in Italy my husband gasps and say ‘Oh No, I have done something terrible.’ I wonder how bad can it be but by the depth of his gasp I know it isn’t great. He pulls over and declares he has left his wallet on top of […]

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