education

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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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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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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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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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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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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Teachers, We Need to Talk about the Children.

Teachers, We Need to Talk about the Children.

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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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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Can children learn to write if you don’t make them?

Can children learn to write if you don’t make them?

  Our son is nine and he has decided he wants to be able to read and write. He is frustrated that he can’t do either very well yet. So we say ‘How do you want to do that?’ and for a long time he has been saying ‘the computer can teach me.’ It has […]

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