Why And How We Cancelled Christmas

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…]

To Compete or Not To Compete

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…]

The Science Behind The Education System

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…]

But How Will They Get A Job?

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…]

Life Is Too Short

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…]

Making creative choices, having less stuff in a rich environment…

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…]

Unschooling FTW

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…]