Snippets from our Book

These are some snippets and pieces from our upcoming book…

THE TOUGHEST BIT OF BEING AN UNSCHOOLING PARENT? SELF EXAMINATION

THE TOUGHEST BIT OF BEING AN UNSCHOOLING PARENT? SELF EXAMINATION

When it comes to some deep reflection about the relationship with my children a significant realisation is that in most of the social conditioning I was brought up with was that the adults were the ‘Ones who know? And the children were the ‘Ones who don’t know ‘ and the job is to assist them […]

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Unschooling, it’s so boring…

Unschooling, it’s so boring…

Boredom in three parts Part One Kids let you know when something is boring them. This morning, I was showing my 8 year old son, Jahli, those beautiful cut out paintings by Matisse.  I thought he would like them.  He likes art (for now). I started talking to him about Matisse and he was on […]

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The Importance of Ignorance

The Importance of Ignorance

Ignorance is one of those words that has a bad reputation. If someone is called Ignorant it means stupid, or something similar. And it can be used to insult people. It is a primed word and has what we call ‘baggage’. But as I have become older I have had that dizzy, exciting and surprising […]

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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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