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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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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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The Joy of being with an Unschooler when they are Learning to Read

The Joy of being with an Unschooler when they are Learning to Read

‘I will read when I can read’ were my sons words. At aged ten he is on the edge of flying in to the world of words. The ‘not being able’ to read bit will soon be a sweet memory. I sit with him as he speaks the words out, I see a big complex […]

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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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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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UNSCHOOLING CHATS

UNSCHOOLING CHATS

  This is a place where we will be uploading our ‘chats’ where we discuss all things unschooling and we shall see where it leads from there…   Unschooling Chat Number 3 READING This chat is all about reading. There is so much pressure it seems to be able to read, especially at a young […]

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If you don’t teach children how do they actually learn things?

If you don’t teach children how do they actually learn things?

  Here is an example of self directed learning. Our son has shown very little interest in learning to read. He is 9 and wants to be able to really read before he can actually read. So right now he absolutely loves Minecraft and he is realizing that in order to do it well he […]

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How does a day play out in an unschooling household?

How does a day play out in an unschooling household?

I have peppered this post with words that show what subjects are being learnt as the day goes on. But in truth who knows what is being learnt, who knows what goes in to a childs mind, ever. If one needs a label, then there are the labels… The day went like this we woke, […]

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Can kids learn to read if you don’t push them to learn to read?

Can kids learn to read if you don’t push them to learn to read?

Reading at school for our kids was a really stressful, they had a programme they had to follow, it was painful for me to watch as every bone in my body knew it was not right for them. It was even more painful to collude with, so I didn’t really. I would rather that my […]

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