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If You Bake with Boys
by Jennifer L.W. Fink
you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. And if you bake with boys,
they’ll blow muffin cups across the floor."
An Unschooling Approach to Road
by Laurie Goodman
"Yes, it would be nineteen
hours in the van to get to our first destination, but we could handle it. We had no concrete
plans or expectations except for the direction we were headed – a way of being well
practiced as an unschooling family."
by Jan Hunt
"Jason has learned everything through
play and has the same love of learning he was born with. He learned abut money by playing
Monopoly; about spelling by playing Scrabble; about strategies by playing chess, Clue and
video games; about our culture by watching classic and modern TV shows and films; about
grammar by playing Mad Libs; about fractions by cooking; about words by playing Dictionary;
and about writing skills by reading P. G. Wodehouse. He learned about life through living
The Value of "Multiple
by Karen Ridd
"Unlike a classroom,
which will be filled with a variety of learning styles, at home learning will naturally
happen in the individual learning styles of the children. Unschooled children will also find
ways to harness areas of strength to support their learning in areas where they might
Unschooling Come Naturally?
by Dayna Martin
"If I lived on a
deserted island and had no cultural influence telling me what to do, would unschooling come
completely natural to me as a parent? Why do we need to learn how to unschool in our
culture? If it is such a natural way that humans learn, why do so many people think
that learning has to be forced? "
"I have come to realize that I cannot be a facilitator
helping my children find their passions in “educational” pursuits, while not
acknowledging the fact that they are real people with real preferences, whether gumballs or
Starbucks Chai Lattes."
Instead of Respect
"I am now realizing that respect has become confused with the
notion of having manners. Saying please and thank you, Mr. and Mrs., and sitting still and
nodding politely. This is what we mean when we use the phrases, “Respect your elders,”
or “Respect me.” Behave. Do what I say. But is this really what we want?"
Perspective on Screentime
by Ann Vetter
"I have witnessed
movies spark a child’s imagination, inspire their writing, motivate them to read a
book on a subject, and encourage them to act out their own version of the plot in an
imaginative, lets-pretend sort of game. I have explained complex math concepts because my
children needed them to get to the next level in a computer game they enjoy. I have watched
their vocabulary expand as they ask me the meaning of words they see and hear on screen.
Best of all, I spend time doing these things with them."
by Shana Ronayne Hickman
"Suddenly, it seems, there are a lot of articles on unschooling floating around. More
often than not, they’re not purely positive, not purely negative, but what we’ve
come to call 'balanced.' But, are they really?"
Reviews of unschooling resources.
Lucy and Harold's Purple
by Elizabeth Browne
"I closed the book. There was a moment of silence in which I pondered what tasks I
would try to accomplish when the kids were finally asleep. At seven, Lucy was a bit old for
Harold, but her younger brother had received the book as a gift, and she had asked me to
read it to her. 'Is Harold’s crayon real?' she asked me."