Our Transition Into Unschooling

Check In With Your Brain (Audio + my latest eBook–FREE!)

If you’ve spent any time around children, you know how creative and engaging they can be.  Even before I became a mother, I enjoyed being around young children because they reminded me of the option to just enjoy myself and create fun moments from everyday experiences.

My daughters afford me that very luxury every day.  I’m totally one of those women who feels honored to be able to parent, particularly because I had severe health issues and was told I wouldn’t be able to have children.

All of that, coupled with my personal beliefs about how children choose us and why, led me to explore learning alternatives that Kris and I felt gave the girls more room to grow into themselves, and not what we thought they SHOULD be.

I thought that alternative would eventually be homeschooling,  but it turns out it wasn’t.  It was (and is) Unschooling.  Have you heard of it?
 
The Unschool Bus


 

What do you think of the idea that learning is a natural occurrence that doesn’t need rote memorization and organized learning “rows” for children to walk down on a daily basis?

 
I’m so moved by this entire line of reasoning, and I invite you now to listen in as I share what my family and I are learning through this process. Click the arrow to listen.

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Here’s the ebook I talk about in the audio.  I’m so proud of it, and I’m even more proud that this is a reality we created for ourselves and our daughters.

Our Transition Into Unschooling

Grab a copy of Our Transition Into Unschooling, check in with your brain, and as always…let me know if/how this serves you.
 

  • Wonderful to discover you and learn about your journey! Just listened to your podcast and congrats on your new book!

    • Thank you, Ilianie! I’m so excited about this journey and I’m looking forward to seeing how our family learns and grows through it all.

  • Ha! Unschooling, I cannot stand the term because of what you said about how political it can become when it comes to implementation. However, I’ve been using it for many years. I also don’t like to use the term because I don’t want my 11 y/o throwing it back at me when she wants to watch TV all day. I love something you said about getting out of a box, so maybe I like unboxing better, hahaha. It really takes a lot to unbox yourself and your child from institutionalism. I’m glad you found your space. We flow back and forth between traditional school and school at home. We decide from year to year or moment to moment what feels right and then go in that direction. Incidentally, I know lots of unschooling Blacks. However, some parents who educate at home get so into it that they don’t bother to blog or to go to forums. They do show up on resource listservs though or smaller local groups. I wish you much success in your journey toward encouraging your children to be life-learners, like you.

  • I am proud of you and Chris’s decision to go the unschooling route. for three years i did a combination of traditional homeschool and unschooling, I loved it because it works for our family. In 2013, I plan to begin homeschooling again. I wont be doing the unschooling this time ( for now) but I look forward to it. It gives me a feeling of togetherness and more positive control. Makes me feel like I have my family “back” if that makes sense.