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.
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.
What are the benefits of unschooling? One of them is regaining their love of learning.
A list of fun unschooling activities that you can do with your child.
Are you receiving unschooling criticism from family and friends?
I believe that people are born with an innate desire to learn. Look at a baby eager to move, reach, bat a toy, roll over, sit up, babble, crawl, walk, talk etc… They are curious about their world and want to navigate it.
A while back, a member from an unschooling email list I belong to, asked some questions and was looking for encouragement. Her questions are followed by my answers.