Alex Polikowsky joins me to share an update about how her family weaves school and unschooling together. Recently, a listener posted a comment on Alex’s first podcast appearance (almost three years ago) about how much she enjoyed the episode and that she’d love to hear an update. I thought it was a great idea and luckily, Alex was up for it too!
Questions for Alex
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family?
In the last episode, you talked about Gigi’s school experience—she chose to go for a few months when she was nine and in grade four. She really enjoyed it at first, but she satisfied her curiosity and eventually found that she didn’t have enough time outside of school to pursue her interests as much as she wanted. What were some of the interests and things she dove into over the next couple of years?
Gigi chose to attend school part time last year, and then this school year she started full time in grade eight. Can you share the motivation behind her choice this time and how you felt about it?
Last time we spoke, you talked about how you continued to weave unschooling principles into your days. It really is a different experience when they’re choosing to go, isn’t it? And when we continue to choose connection rather than control in our parenting. Have you been able to continue that this time around?
I’d love to hear what Daniel’s been up to the last three years. When we spoke, he was interested in traveling to Japan, maybe as part of an exchange program. Can you share an update with that and what he’s up to now?
It’s only been a few weeks, but how do you find your days flowing as you weave together unschooling Daniel and full-time school for Gigi? Is it challenging to not let school take over your lives?
What has surprised you most about how unschooling has unfolded in your lives so far?
Things mentioned in the episode
Learn more about the Childhood Redefined Unschooling Summit
Listen to Alex’s earlier podcast episode, Choosing School
Jan Hunt’s site, The Natural Child Project