When my daughter Jacqueline was seven years old, she asked if I could buy some stories that explained math. She was becoming more and more interested in how math fits into her world and had started to take notice of it in movies, TV shows and by watching my husband & I. She had a basic understanding of addition and telling time but she was more interested in math as a whole, not broken down into subjects
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.
In 2005 I created An Unschooling Life, a blog detailing our unschooling experience after adopting our three children. Over time, An Unschooling Life became a hub for unschooling support and advice. The blog has been featured in print and digital media and was home to the popular Unschooling Carnival (later known as Unschooling Voices). I’m…
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.