I’ve been a homeschooling mama since 2004 and I’ve made some “mistakes” along the way, but I always tried to look at them as a learning experience.
An Unschooling Life
I took my three kids out of school in 2004, a year after adopting them. In 2005 I created An Unschooling Life, a blog detailing our unschooling experience.
Over time, An Unschooling Life became a hub for unschooling support and advice. It has been featured in print and digital media and was home to the popular Unschooling Carnival (later known as Unschooling Voices). I’m in the process of updating and moving all the posts to this blog where they will be housed in this section.
A representative from Redbook Magazine contacted me about a for it/against it article they were doing about unschooling. She asked if I was interested in giving my thoughts as someone who was “for it”. Of course, I said yes! Anytime I can share my experiences and thoughts on topics that are dear to me, I’m…
There was a discussion, on one of my unschooling e-mail groups, about how extended family members seem to have a hard time finding something to say to a child when they can’t ask about school. It’s like the only questions anybody can think of to ask a kid is “What grade are you in?”, “What’s your favorite subject?” and “How are you doing in school?”
If you read this blog with any frequency, you know that both of my daughters really enjoy Girl Scouts. As a matter of fact, Jacqueline (my youngest, pictured below) is a five-year girl scout, starting when she was a daisy, she’s now a junior.
One thing I appreciate about the Girl Scouts is they don’t affiliate themselves with any one religion. Although the word god is in their promise, their policy is “Since the Girl Scout organization makes no attempt to interpret or define the word ‘God’ …
I almost feel like it’s my duty, as an unschooling mom to share moments like this because I read so much crap online about how you can’t trust kids to make their own choices. Like if a child chooses their own food, they’ll eat gummy bears and chips every day, all day (not true). And if a child has computer freedom, they’ll either be playing games all day or visiting porno sites (not true).
Kathryn Baptista, who heads the Northeast Unschooling Conference and Rue Kream, author of Parenting a Free Child: An Unschooled Life were interviewed for an article on unschooling for The Patriot Ledger in Boston.