Unschooling Articles from the Pages of Live Free Learn Free

Live Free Learn Free unschooling magazine Issue 14

Issue 14 (May/June 2007)

Why 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 forced?"

An Unschooling 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."

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Thirteen


Issue 13 (November/December 2006)

Learning Together: Mixing Unschooling and University by Rebecca Ellis
"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
"No 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 within."

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Twelve


Issue 12 (September/October 2006)

Be Realistic! by Kathryn Baptista
"Julian 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 school!'"

Jesse's Story by Sue Whitson
Jesse was "a Mozart at farming," and homeschooling allowed him to follow his passions.

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Eleven


Issue 11 (July/August 2006)

Exploring 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 Hickman
"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 dreams."

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Ten


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
Curriculum 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.

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Nine


Issue 9 (January/February 2006)

Crafts from the Heart by Elizabeth Roberts
Crafts 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."

Destruction 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' sensibilities?"

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Eight


Issue 8 (November/December 2005)

Living History by Heather Woodward
A family visits a reenactment camp in Pennsylvania.

Thoughts on Unschooling by Tracy Million Simmons
"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."

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Seven


Issue 7 (September/October 2005)

He 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 Rolleston
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.

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Six


Issue 6 (July/August 2005)

Online Support for Today's Homeschooler by Tammy Takahashi
Why are so many homeschoolers finding support through Internet e-lists? The author describes her own experience with online support.

What About Math? by Christy O'Neal
A number chart hung unobtrusively inspires Logan to make math a part of his imaginative play.

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Five


Issue 5 (May/June 2005)

Learning by Living by Dana Laquidara
A mother explains her children's path to unschooling and details how they spend their days.

Three Readers by Sandra Dodd
The author chronicles the reading lives of her three children.

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Four


Issue 4 (March/April 2005)

On Earning Promotions by Kimberly Olson
"Lately I have discovered that my most valued promotions have come from my children."

TV-Free Family for a Week by Rachel and Lexi Johnson
One week, no TV. A mother and daughter share their thoughts.

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Three


Issue 3 (January/February 2005)

Home Learning Expensive? Naaaah! by Avivah Werner
"We need to be aware of the underlying assumption in our society that spending more equals giving more."

I Love My Job by Anne E. Ohman
A child follows his desire to help others, enriching their lives, as well as his own.

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue Two

Issue 2 (October/Noveber 2004)

Amateur Theatricals by Heather Henderson
"Suddenly, a great idea was born. Why not stage our very own performance of The Nutcracker?"

Homeschooling - Fostering Nature Through Interest-Led Learning by Kristianna Baird
A girl leaves school to learn what's most important to her.

Standardized Testing Traps: Ideas for Minimizing the Effects of Tests on Students by Ann Lahrson Fisher
A homeschooling parent who has administered tests to both schooled and nonschooled children offers suggestions on how, gently, to prepare world learners for unnatural testing situations.

Unschooling with Live Free Learn Free - Issue One

Issue 1 (August/September 2004)

College or Not? by Peter Kowalke
An unschooler 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 cooking.

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