Interview: Susan’s Unschooling Journey

A bit about you … What’s your name? Susan May. I blog at Together Walking. Where do you live? Arlington, VA What does your family look like? We are a family of 4 that includes me, my husband of 11 years, our 8 year old daughter, and 5 year old son. We also have a […]

The Road of Trials: The Heart of Deschooling

Once having traversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid, ambiguous forms, where he must survive a succession of trials. (p. 81, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell) We are in the world of unschooling now, finding our way. We have removed our conventional filter—well, at least the […]

The Belly of the Whale: Transitioning to a Learning Mindset

The hero, instead of conquering or conciliating the power of the threshold, is swallowed into the unknown, and would appear to have died. (p. 74, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell) What? After confronting the guardians and crossing the threshold, we don’t just show up in the new world, raring to go? Nope. […]

The Crossing of the First Threshold: Confronting the Guardians

We’ve decided to answer the call to our unschooling adventure. With our children by our side to guide us, we are publicly declaring our choice to step away from the conventional education system—we certainly don’t need to shout it from the rooftops, but people will eventually notice that our children aren’t going to school. We’re […]

Interview: Anna’s Unschooling Journey

A bit about you … What’s your name? Anna Brown Where do you live? Charlotte, North Carolina, US What does your family look like? I am married to David. We have been together for 28 years (since we were teens). We have two girls who are now 15 and 17. Our oldest led us to […]

Refusal of the Call: Choosing to Commit to the Journey

The road so far: Departure phase of the journey Call to adventure: We discover unschooling and excitedly imagine the possibilities. ***** As we begin learning about unschooling, we get very excited imagining the possibilities. Then reality hits and fear grows as we imagine going so blatantly outside the conventional education system. We waver. We wonder: […]

The Call to Adventure: Exploring Unschooling

You are the hero of your own story. How I got here … From bits and pieces and stories I’ve encountered over the last few years, I’ve come to imagine that the significant journeys of our lives may parallel the hero’s journey. And the unschooling journey is definitely a significant one! For the last couple […]

Seeing Learning in the Quiet Moments

When our children are younger, their energy levels are often breathtaking! They seem to go nonstop all day, jumping from activity to activity, leaving toys, games, crafts, and experiments in their wake. But as they get older, we start to glimpse quieter moments. Often just as focused, but less physical swirl, more internal contemplation. These […]

Seeing the Learning in All Their Activities

Coming to unschooling, how do we begin to see the learning in everyday moments? It’s there, but when we’re used to seeing learning through the filter of conventional school, it can be hard to spot at first. We might still be looking for someone playing the role of teacher—showing our children the “right” way to […]