I am a big fan of Dr. Peter Gray. He is a research professor whose educational philosophies align perfectly with mine: let the kids play and they will learn. In my circle of influence, he is wildly popular and with good reason - he trusts kids are designed to learn everything they need to know … Continue reading How unschoolers learn to read according to Dr. Peter Gray.
Perhaps you read Unschool Day and your kids attend a traditional school -- can unschool philosophies play a role in your life? I am well versed in the mainstream educational model and I think even a touch of unschool mentality can work wonders during the school day. Teach your children experiences are more important than … Continue reading 10 Ways to Unschool a Traditional Schooler
Our unschool day is defined by our flexibility, willingness to follow our own path and a great desire for my children to feel in control of their lives. Today was an especially busy day swimming and tubing with our Wild + Free group at a local freshwater spring. The day began early with lots of … Continue reading Chore Time: Ask for help rather than demand compliance.
When I had two toddlers, I recall being in awe of parents who remained calm and kind, regardless of recent kid drama. I admired their style but couldn't quite master it myself. I'll never forget the time Mr.8 was just a little guy and somehow fingernail polish spilled all over a friend's guest room comforter … Continue reading Positive Discipline: Respond vs. React
Ms.6 is bunny obsessed. She constantly shares long discourses on normal bunny behavior and bunny care she learned from youtube videos. Our rabbit, Poopers, is her constant companion - whether he likes it or not. I can't imagine he is a fan of "the seize and squeeze" technique she has perfected but she is quick … Continue reading Girl and Her Bunny
Today's shopping trip was a case study for unschooling. Although it is 30 minutes from our house (thanks, audiobook!), this particular store is a favorite for everybody because of it's unique design. The meat and fruits/veggies are separated and sold in a different sort of way in this store and it's simplicity is a refreshing … Continue reading Unschool in the Aisles
Or rather, yesterday's unschool day . . . 6:15am - Too early. Mr.3's internal alarm clock might be ringing but mine is still sleeping soundly. I manage to snooze Mr.3's alarm clock with some early morning snuggles. 6:45am - Awake at this unusually early hour getting ready for Mr.3's much anticipated doctor appointment. We are … Continue reading Today’s Unschool Day #2