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 […]

The Search for Meaningful Work

meaningful, purposeful, substantial, essential, significant, worthwhile, relevant, important, consequential, valid As we’ve looked at this month, coming to unschooling as adults is a fascinating journey. Chances are we’ll revisit our childhood and realize that play isn’t “just for kids.” We’ll discover that learning isn’t something you do in preparation for adulthood—at its best, it’s a […]

Excavating Our Curiosity

I touched on this a bit last week, in the childhood we wish we had, discussing a couple of solid reasons to play with our children now, as adults. But that’s just a start at excavating our buried curiosity. How did it get buried? Most of us grew up enmeshed in conventional schooling and parenting, […]

The Childhood We Wish We Had

As part of exploring and understanding unschooling, we think long and hard about our own childhood: our learning experiences (in which situations did we learn more? remember more?); our school experiences (how much long-term learning? how much stress? did we use what we learned?); the atmosphere in our home growing up (rules? punishments? pressure? control?); […]

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

A few months ago I was in conversation with someone and we ended up at the old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Us adults being the “old dogs,” of course. It was someone I enjoy speaking with and during the course of our conversation, a couple of light bulbs went off […]

When Unschooling Children Discover Their Lives Are Unconventional

As unschooling parents, we’ve chosen this unschooling lifestyle for our family. In doing so, we decided that although it’s unconventional, the benefits outweigh the challenges. Or else we’d have chosen to stay on the conventional path, so well-trodden by those before us. Yet at some point as our children get older, they will realize that […]