I have to laugh when someone, after finding out our kids don’t go to school, ask about homeschooling socialization. I’ll never understand what one has to do with the other.
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. In 2020, I began unschooling my two younger children, so you'll also see updated posts under this topic.
“Real learning requires meaning. Meaningless information can be memorized and repeated, but it’s not learning”.
Learning without school happens daily, in many ways. Here’s just one small example with my eight year old.
The unschooling movement is not just about learning, it is a philosophy and a lifestyle.
The amazing things unschooling my children has enabled me to see.
I’m not a fan of rewarding children to learn. Even before I removed my children from school, I hated the message that rewarding them with pizza parties, candy and money (yes, money), was sending to them. These “rewards” were held out in front of the students like a dangling carrot, with the promise that it could be theirs if they learned what the school wanted them to learn.