Articles from the Pages of Live Free Learn Free
Doesn't 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
Perspective on Screen Time 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."
Together: Mixing Unschooling and University by
"My university studies not only enrich my own life but
also enrich the lives of my children. We learn together and are able to share our
intellectual passions with each other.'"
Abundance by Mary Thomas Draper
money was spent, no additional consumption made. A child was getting his needs met by
being with his mom and having his desire honored. Abundance can come from
Issue 12 (September/October 2006)
Be Realistic! by Kathryn Baptista
wants to be a rock star. The experienced, true-believer unschoolers are now all
thinking, “That’s wonderful!” Others are telling their partners, 'See,
I told you that’s what comes from this unschooling! He should be applying to law
Jesse was "a Mozart at farming," and homeschooling
allowed him to follow his passions.
Issue 11 (July/August 2006)
the Slow Lane by Deb Baker
A family slows down and enjoys the
benefits of exploring the world at their own pace.
Unschooling and Self-Worth by Shana Ronayne
"For us, one of unschooling’s greatest benefits is its
natural reverence for a child’s self-worth. Rather than imposing our own structure
on our children’s education, it necessitates that we trust our children and help
them find and follow their own interests, forge their own paths, and pursue their own
Issue 10 (March/April 2006)
But How Will They Ever Learn to Stand in Line by
Shannon M. Reichard
What does socialization look like in an unschooling
family? Here's one wonderful example.
Life Curriculum by Miranda Demarest
for unschoolers? It's not what you think! A mother describes what she would like her
children to know as they grow into the world.
from the Heart by Elizabeth Roberts
without stickers, markers or glitter? These crafts "came from the hearts of two
wonderful children, and from their lives - things they touch and taste and use."
Instruction by Amy Bowers
"As parents, I think, we
are often pleased when our children use items in an unorthodox way - a wooden block for
a piece of pie or a cushion for a boat - but how encouraging are we when our young
children use something in a manner that seems destructive to our 'schooled'
Living History by Heather
A family visits a reenactment camp in
Thoughts on Unschooling by Tracy Million
"Unschooling is all about becoming. Whether you are just
beginning or have not thought of education in terms of school in years - embrace the
change, embrace your children, and make it all about living life."
7 (September/October 2005)
Was Labeled Retarded by Sharon Miller
When their son is
labeled "severely mentally retarded" by developmental specialists, his parents
decide to bring him home and focus on him as a person.
Home (Centered) Work by Marjorie Sangster
Three families establish "alternative work paths
that allow them to spend time with their children." From retiring early to moving
to the country, these families are making the most of the homeschooling years.
6 (July/August 2005)
Online Support for Today's Homeschooler by Tammy
Why are so many homeschoolers finding support through
Internet e-lists? The author describes her own experience with online support.
About Math? by Christy O'Neal
A number chart hung
unobtrusively inspires Logan to make math a part of his imaginative play.
5 (May/June 2005)
Learning by Living by Dana Laquidara
mother explains her children's path to unschooling and details how they spend their
Readers by Sandra Dodd
The author chronicles the reading lives of
her three children.
4 (March/April 2005)
Earning Promotions by Kimberly Olson
"Lately I have
discovered that my most valued promotions have come from my children."
Family for a Week by Rachel and Lexi Johnson
One week, no
TV. A mother and daughter share their thoughts.
3 (January/February 2005)
Learning Expensive? Naaaah! by Avivah Werner
need to be aware of the underlying assumption in our society that spending more equals
Love My Job by Anne E. Ohman
A child follows his desire
to help others, enriching their lives, as well as his own.
1 (August/September 2004)
or Not? by Peter Kowalke
turns his struggle with the college question into a documentary about grown
homeschoolers and learns some surprising things in the process.
Cooking Up an Education
by Heather Woodward
A family learns about history, geography,
gardening, math, reading and, yes, food through