Snippets from our Book

These are some snippets and pieces from our upcoming book…

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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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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THE INTRODUCTION of JUMP, FALL, FLY- from schooling to homeschooling to unschooling

THE INTRODUCTION of JUMP, FALL, FLY- from schooling to homeschooling to unschooling

Introduction This book started out as a book about schooling, or to be more precise our children’s learning. Which up until the around the time they were born we had expected would involve an ongoing relationship with what is commonly described as schooling, in a school or series of schools. Very early in the writing […]

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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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Frequently asked questions about UNSCHOOLING. PART ONE

Frequently asked questions about UNSCHOOLING. PART ONE

If you take your kids out of ‘normal’ society, how do you expect them to ever be able to get back into society? I have never known what ‘normal’ society is, I don’t know that I have ever been in it, so in answering that question, I would ask another question. What is ‘normal society?’Aren’t we all just humans trying […]

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When our children are not our children and the fine art of letting go…

When our children are not our children and the fine art of letting go…

It is still a learning journey for me around this one, intellectually I know it but deep down I have to wrestle the control freak in me to the ground. The one that thinks, well as I like to go out and plant things, or do large paintings, or write books, or talk about novels, […]

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Should You Tame the Uncorked Child?

Should You Tame the Uncorked Child?

  un·cork (ŭn-kôrk′) tr.v. un·corked, un·cork·ing, un·corks 1. To draw the cork from. 2. To free from a sealed or constrained state. Our friends came around the other day, they are in their thirties and are lovely, one is from Denmark the other Italy, the kids were so excited to see them. We sat down […]

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Do You Encourage your Kids to Have a Voice?

Do You Encourage your Kids to Have a Voice?

The other day we had another friend here (she is 12 and also an unschooler) and it was the kids turn to make lunch. The friend didn’t want to make lunch, so neither did the kids. I was all hooked and triggered and so was Anthony, so he bounded in saying ‘Well, if your friend […]

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What Unschooling has taught me about Coaching

What Unschooling has taught me about Coaching

This talk by a 12 year old is, well, simply, inspiring. My main take away is how much I can learn from children… For many of the reasons (that the video illuminates) about the wonderful way the young human being, kids, are naturally in the world, we have decided that we would pursue Unschooling as […]

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Abandoning teaching. Embracing facilitating.

Abandoning teaching. Embracing facilitating.

  When I started out teaching the kids and I say ‘teaching’ because that was exactly how I was approaching it. I had it all organised, I was ready. We would start with a check in, ‘How are you? How is everything? What would you like to do today?’ And in my mind I would […]

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