We all want to create our own path, but will it truly be our own if we accept things the way they are? There are paths everywhere that others try to define for us. Just look around, people everywhere trying to tell you what is best. What to eat. What to wear. When to wake … [Read more…]
I hunted down images that could be used for practical symmetry activities and I came up with this. 52 pages of symmetrical worksheet activities to challenge your kids! From letters, to Lego, to Minecraft to geometry and various random other images…hopefully there is something for everyone here. Download PDF (52 pages) Or view the images below. … [Read more…]
Society has such little faith in our children. It seems if we are not there to guide, monitor and control them then they will make awful decisions. One of the most common responses to us unschooling is… But won’t they just: play video games all day? watch TV all day? not do any real work? … [Read more…]
Graham recently wrote about life choices we have made as ‘unschoolers’. For us, we are viewing unschooling in the sense of not just our kids education, but as our life as a whole picture. The 3 key areas (for us) we have identified for this are: unschooling, bootstrapping and minimalism. As we find that … [Read more…]
When you stick like with like then they will naturally be compared and compete. Stick kids of all the same age in a class – they will be measured, compared and compete against each other. Stick kids in a mixed age class – like Montessori does – and they can’t compete. They actually end up … [Read more…]
I’ve always loved the Montessori approach to learning. My 3 year old goes to a local Montessori Nursery, as did his older brothers several years back. Their experience has been nothing but positive. Sure, Teresa who runs the little Montessori nursery deserves a lot of credit for being lovely 🙂 but I also think there … [Read more…]
As an unschooling parent, this question often crops up. For some reason, it becomes unthinkable that someone who doesn’t go to school (for most of their life) will be unable to get a job. This thinking needs to stop! If there is one thing I could have changed as a child/teenager, it would be understanding … [Read more…]
So, Ethiopian village kids teach themselves via a tablet. Or there’s the pretty famous computer in a wall experiment where Indian kids taught themselves a whole range of things. We read these stories, become inspired and just think it’s amazing. But really, why is it so amazing? Why do we think so little of the future … [Read more…]
The more I’ve focused on the things I want to do and that make me happy, the more I see how much waste there is all around us. As we’ve been slowly changing the world around us we’ve been getting rid of things that bring us down and stress us out. As parents this means … [Read more…]
As unschoolers we are making a lifestyle choice. Unschooling is the process of deschooling ourselves; as parents and children. School indoctrinates us to respond to schedules and agendas defined by others. Great for factories (or the needs of industry), not so great for creative thinking. Seth Godin does a great job of explaining the current state … [Read more…]
We’ve been home schooling for close to 2 years now. And it is only recently (past 6 months) that I feel we can say we’ve gone in, through and out the end of that deschooling period. Deschooling being the time the kids need to get out of the rhythm and system of school and adapt to … [Read more…]
I was accompanied by my 3 year old when I went to the recent European elections to place my vote. We were given our slips to place our x’s. My son looked sad when he didn’t get one. I asked the people working there if he could have a piece of paper to use to … [Read more…]
I found this video incredibly emotional. Please watch it. In addition to the tough journey Scott has had, he discovered 71 learning styles. 70 of the learning styles are non verbal and have been classified as ‘learning difficulties’. !!!
Here’s a number chart made with Duplo Lego. A simple idea to teach numbers, counting and even colours in a visual way.
We can visually teach our kids alot about concepts of maths. They won’t know that it’s called fractions. Nor will they know the rules about adding/subtracting with common denominators. They can understand that many parts can make one. This is just one example – a lego duplo train. Each train is the same size, but … [Read more…]
Ben took a bit of convincing to take out of school. I use to ask him every couple of weeks how he felt about homeschooling and whether he preferred it over going to school. For the first six months (de-schooling) he use to shrug his shoulders and say ‘I don’t know’. It was a turning … [Read more…]