Kelsi Stembel joins me this week! Kelsi has two teen daughters and is a former teacher turned farmer and entrepreneur. It was a joy to hear about how both her girls have developed and learned at their own pace, honoring their unique styles, and how unschooling has been such an amazing gift for their family. Kelsi’s journey from teaching middle school to becoming a full time farmer and unschooling parent is a beautiful story!
Questions for Kelsi
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family? What is everybody interested in right now?
You were a teacher in the public school system. I’d love to hear the story of how you got from there to unschooling!
I think a valuable part of the deschooling process is the realization that unschooling isn’t just for the kids. That it’s important for us as parents to be living and breathing examples of lifelong learning. Has that been your experience?
Another valuable paradigm shift happens when we come to recognize that school’s focus on “fixing” kids is often more damaging than helpful. Instead of focusing on their challenges, we can embrace their strengths. That shift makes a world of difference, doesn’t it?
It can be challenging for an unschooling parent to not get pulled back into the conventional learning mindset of tick boxes and grades when a child chooses an activity or a learning process that looks more “schooly.” But an unschooling child approaches it so differently, don’t they?
What has surprised you most about your unschooling journey so far?
Things mentioned in the episode
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