Jamie Maltman is an unschooling dad and avid board gamer. And in this episode, he shares with us what he loves about both these passions. We talk about how he built trust in process of unschooling, ways to stay connected as the working parent, learning through board games, and some great suggestions for new board games that might spice up your family fun!
Quote of the Week
“A child only pours herself into a little funnel or into a little box when she’s afraid of the world—when she’s been defeated. But when a child is doing something she’s passionately interested in, she grows like a tree—in all directions. This is how children learn, how children grow. They send down a taproot like a tree in dry soil. The tree may be stunted, but it sends out these roots, and suddenly one of these little taproots goes down and strikes a source of water. And the whole tree grows.” ~ John Holt, Learning All the Time
Questions for Jamie
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family, and how you came to unschooling?
I’d love to hear what your kids are enjoying at the moment. What are they interested in?
How did you build trust in the process of unschooling? What were the pieces that resonated with you and helped you feel more confident in choosing this lifestyle?
What has been the most challenging aspect of moving to unschooling for you?
As a working parent, how do you stay connected with what the kids are up to?
I really enjoy the glimpses I get on Facebook of your love for board games. You play regularly, and you share your insights as a contributor to the podcast, What Did You Play This Week. Can you share with us a bit about your gaming journey? How did this passion develop?
Your segment on the podcast is about learning through and with board games. Can you talk about the learning you see with your own kids, and what tips do you have for playing with younger kids? Do you stick to less complicated games? Change up the rules?
For people who might like to bring some more board game fun into their unschooling lives, can you give us a couple of recommendations for games to play with young kids, kids, and teens/adults?
Links to Things Mentioned in the Show
Sandra’s “leaning on a truck”
Games Jamie talked about:
Board game websites: