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Stories of an Unschooling Family

Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It's not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) Join me as I share ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources for living an unschooling life of unconditional love.

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94: What Do Unschoolers Do All Day?

This week, I share a few stories from a time when we used to ponder such things as: was Helen of Troy still beautiful after ten years of war? Was she still worth fighting over? are Elvis feet different from everyone else's? Why can't we walk in thongs (flip-flops, not underwear!) I also talk about: how we never used to unschool maths how we sometimes deceive ourselves because we're not ready to face the truth how unschooling is a continual learning experience for parents as well as kids how I forgot something very important when we began unschooling Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes.  Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page. Thank you for listening. And if you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling!  Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0) 

38mins

20 Apr 2017

Rank #1

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57: What's Stopping You From Unschooling?

This week, I have lots to share. I seem to have regained my enthusiasm. (Thank you for last week's kind and encouraging comments!) In this episode:I share some of our unschooling story. Why did we start as unschoolers but then go in a different direction? How did we make our way back to unschooling? I talk about obstacles that might be stopping people from unschooling I discuss the question: Who can we trust when we're looking for unschooling info online?  I tell a few family stories while pondering joy. And I share lots of resourcesPlease feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family where you'll find the show notes. You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon. (The Kindle version will be free from Fri 5th - Sun 7th February.)Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0)

38mins

3 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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41: Chores and Our Typical Unschooling Day

In this week's podcast, I talk again about typical unschooling days.  I answer the following questions: Are our unschooling days really as ordinary as I made them sound in last week's episode? Do all unschoolers have similar typical days? How can we get kids to help with the chores? Can we encourage kids to do more than their fair share? Can they become generous without counting the cost? Do I sometimes get fed up of being a good example? Do I sometimes fail? And what resources do I share this week?You can find the podcast notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family. Please visit!Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0)

35mins

6 Sep 2015

Rank #3

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33: Starting Unschooling

In this week’s podcast, I discuss the topic of starting unschooling. Is moving to unschooling a big step for children? How can we encourage children to get excited about their own learning? What if a child just wants to sit in front of the television or computer? Do adults and children have different ideas about what kind of learning is valuable? And what about trust?I also ponder the future of this podcast. Please visit my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family for this episode's notes. Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0)

22mins

9 Jul 2015

Rank #4

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124: Does Unschooling Work?

This week, I'm discussing the question Does Unschooling Work? The answer, of course, depends on what we mean by the word 'work'. I'm also talking about: My fabulous Patreon patrons and the work I hope to do with their help Camp NaNoWriMo How kids learn new things when they have a need How younger siblings think they are just as capable as their older siblings How sorting out a problem isn't always as difficult as it seems A new podcast idea which involves collaborating with other unschoolers Show Notes Patreon My Patreon page My Instagram Account stories_ofan_unschooling family My Unschooling Newsletter Blog posts Does the World Needs Unschooling? Are We Incomplete Without Our Passions and Interests? Youtube channels Sue Elvis Imogen Elvis Sophie Elvis Videos What is Unschooling? Mission: Surviving Holy Week Music Podington Bear's Sound of Picture Writing 'NaNoWriMo Camp NaNoWriMo 4theWords Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. Maybe you'd also like to support my work by becoming a patron! . Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or just stop by to say hello.

45mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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160: Shall We Talk About Christian Unschooling?

This week's episode is for my Christian unschooling friends. I'm exploring the question: can Christians unschool? I share some quick (and maybe muddled!) thoughts on such things as trust, freedom, unconditional love, passions and interests, respect, families, our missions in life, and forgiveness from a Christian unschooling perspective. I didn't aim for a perfect podcast covering all aspects of Christian unschooling. Instead, I just wanted to share a few thoughts that might open up some conversations. I'm also sharing an adventurous mother story from one of my children's novels. Show Notes My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page My Children's Novels The Angels of Abbey Creek The Angels of Gum Tree Road Blog Post  Bringing God into the Unschooling Picture The Curious Unschoolers Book Club The Curious Unschoolers Book Club Is Now Open! The Book Club Link Where You Can Find Me Youtube Sue Elvis  Instagram stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily Blog Stories of an Unschooling Family Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about this episode. Are you interested in talking more about Christian unschooling? Join us in the Curious Unschoolers Book Club. And please join me on Instagram!

47mins

23 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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164: Discouraged

This week, I'm talking about: How I'm feeling discouraged The need to feel successful A negative comment about technology and screentime Letting go and moving on I also share a story from my book, Radical Unschool Love, called The Beginning and End of Praise.  Is it okay to praise our kids? Could praise be necessary, not only for our children but for us as well? Show Notes My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page Blog posts A Gradual Approach to Unschooling Is it Really Okay to Give Unschooling Kids Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet? Podcast Episode 162: Asking for Help Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about this episode.  Or you could just stop by and say hello!

49mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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135: A Gradual Approach to Unschooling and More

This week, I'm talking about how unschooling can be approached in a gradual way. I'm sharing a story: A Gradual Approach to Unschooling. And discussing the following questions: Is a gradual approach the best way for many families to begin unschooling? Is mutual trust between parent and child essential? Is it really okay if our kids spend all day in front of screens? Why do some kids have trouble self-regulating their screen time? Is it wrong if parents want their kids to exercise and go outside? How can we encourage kids to leave their screens? Show Notes Blog Posts A Gradual Approach to Unschooling Is It Really Okay to Give Unschooling Kids Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Perhaps you'd like to tell me what you think of my new look blog. Or just stop by and say hello!

32mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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116: Why it's Important to Allow Kids to Follow Their Passions and Interests

This week, I'm discussing the following questions: Does planning have any place in unschooling? Can we make attractive planners using Evernote? Will I continue my Evernote workshop series? How does balance fit into an unschooling life? Why is it very important that we let our kids follow their passions and interests? Is it okay to acknowledge our kids' talents? Can we praise our kids? Are we obliged to develop and use our own talents? Can reality, lifestyle and documentary TV series provide us with lots of wonderful learning experiences? How do we make homeschool record notes about TV shows we've watched? Show Notes My Evernote workshop series 50 Coloured Evernote Background Note Templates (to download) Evernote and homeschool record keeping My unschooling book series Are We Incomplete Without Our Interests and Passions? Should Unschooled Kids Live Balanced Lives? Unschooling Sausages The Big Painting Challenge (episodes available on Youtube at time of posting) Blog posts about The Big Painting Challenge Imogen Elvis on Youtube Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0) Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing a review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on today's episode. Or just stop by to say hello!

50mins

12 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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117: Christian Unschooling and Other Things

This week, I'm talking about: Christmas in summer Evernote planners My blogging/podcasting plans for 2018 Christian unschooling My faith story Being open-minded Doing the impossible Letting go of control How life can change in a moment Snakes Family news Show Notes Blog posts Bringing God into the Unschooling Picture Letting Go of Control An Impossible Adventure Imogen Youtube channel, Imogen Elvis. Facebook: Imogen Elvis Instagram: Imogen Elvis My Youtube channel Sue Elvis Podcast music  Twombly by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0) Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing a review or rating this episode and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on today's episode. Or just stop by to say hello!

48mins

18 Jan 2018

Rank #10

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29: What I Think Unschooling is All About

This week, I tried something new because I've been having trouble turning the ideas in my head into the right spoken or written words. In this podcast, I use some old words. I tell a story (from my blog) in which ... I talk about the label 'unschoolers' I ask the question: are labels useful? I describe what I used to think the word 'unschooling' meant And I share what I now think unschooling is all aboutPlease feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to read the original post or any of my other unschooling stories!

12mins

6 May 2015

Rank #11

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122: My Unschooling Teenagers' Typical Days

This week, I'm sharing my teenagers' typical unschooling days. I'm discussing the following questions: Is there such a thing as a typical unschooling day? Can we have too many resources? Do our kids sometimes get overwhelmed by too many possibilities? Are documentaries and lifestyle TV series a good source of learning adventures? What TV series have Gemma-Rose and I been enjoying recently? Why did I initially reject this episode? Show Notes Podcast Episode 110: An Interview with a Teenage Radical Unschooler Sophie's Youtube Channel Sophie Elvis Sophie's Vlog Series A Week in the Life of Videos Back in Time for Dinner Further Back in Time for Dinner Back in Time for the Weekend The Secrets of Your Food The Big Family Cooking Showdown Website Open Learn: Free learning from the Open University Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling . Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on this episode. Or just stop by to say hello. Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0)

27mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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42: Mothers and Daughters-in-Law and Love

By the time you listen to this podcast, my son Callum will be married and I'll have a new daughter-in-law. In this week’s episode, I talk about mothers and daughters-in-law and love.I answer the following questions: Why is it so important we tell people in words we love and accept them? What have I learned from being a daughter-in-law? How am I going to be a good mother-in-law? What is real love? I also share some resources appropriate to the theme of love! You can find the podcast notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family. Please visit!Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0)

32mins

13 Sep 2015

Rank #13

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146: Finding Unschooling in Unexpected Places and Other Things

This week my daughters Imogen and Sophie join me to talk about: Imogen’s novel ‘The Crystal Tree’ and its sequel ‘The Shattering Song’ YA or Young Adult novels Imogen’s book review videos How parents hold the key to a child’s happiness How some parents push their kids to fulfil their own dreams The YA novel ‘A Thousand Perfect Notes’ Imogen’s opinion of my first unschooling book ‘Curious Unschoolers’ How we’re getting on with the formatting and publishing of my unschooling book  A progress report for my second unschooling book ‘A Radical Unschool Love’ How Sophie is teaching Imogen photography The joy of sharing passions Creativity and learning  How we all have bad days How our family isn’t perfect Sophie’s new job Sophie’s transition from unschooling to structured learning Sophie’s beta personal training clients How it can be difficult for parents to accept help and advice from their children How kids can outlearn their parents Show Notes A Novel A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews Imogen Elvis Youtube Write. Rewrite. Read Imogen's novel The Crystal Tree Instagram Write. Rewrite. Read Website Write. Rewrite. Read Sophie Elvis Instagram thetechnomaid tough.turtle Youtube Sophie Elvis My Instagram stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or you could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

1hr 7mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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38: Is Unschooling Just Living Life?

In this week's episode, I discuss the following questions:Is unschooling just living life? Or is there more to unschooling than that? What if life is too quiet or too busy or there's a crisis? Has unschooling changed as my children have grown older? Did Charlotte (17) give herself a good education? Was she prepared for tertiary learning?  Or should I have supervised the last year or so of her high school years? Am I a proud mother? Is it possible for siblings to successfully teach siblings? And should we push children to develop and use their talents if they are not motivated to do this themselves?I also share my latest resource discoveries!.You'll find the program notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family. I hope you'll listen to this week's episode!

35mins

16 Aug 2015

Rank #15

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142: An Unschooler Talks About Life, Work and Dreams

This week, my teenage daughter Sophie (17) joins me to talk about: How she balances her busy unschooling life with work Why it's important to trust kids and not squash their ambitions Why she is choosing not to go to university Sophie's dream to be self-employed and how she plans to achieve it How a lot of people react when they hear Sophie is working full time in a cafe NaNoWriMo events and making friends How we need to believe in our kids and cheer them on Show Notes Podcasts Episode 133, A Balanced and Productive Unschool Life Episode 139, Unschool Socialisation: Making Friends, Being Different Instagram Sophie Elvis thetechnomaid tough.turtle Sue Elvis stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything we talked about in this episode. Perhaps you have a question for Sophie. Or you could just stop by and say hello. And join me on Instagram!

1hr 15mins

30 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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162: Asking for Help

After a break, I'm back with a new episode! This week, I'm discussing the following questions: Where have I been? Why did I record 3 versions of episode 162? Can crisis points become turning points? What changes am I making? Do most of us think we can do everything all by ourselves? Do we need social media to spread the message about our work? Do we need more silence in our lives? Are you willing to help me? I'm also sharing two stories: When We Reach Crisis Point (from my blog) Sue Elvis: An Interview (from my book Radical Unschool Love) Show Notes My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page Blog posts When We Reach Crisis Point Time to Unschool Book The Power of Silence by Cardinal Robert Sarah Unschoolgram Unschoolgram menu Unschoolgram: 2019 October and September (Do you ever yearn for more silence in your life?) Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about this episode. Perhaps you have a crisis point story you'd like to share. You could give me some feedback on my podcast ideas. Or you could just stop by and say hello!

37mins

27 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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157: Fearing Our Kids Will Fail

This week, I'm discussing the following questions: Do things sometimes seem like they'll never change? Is 'grinned' a fabulous word? Do we notice and worry about things that relate to ourselves that others don't notice? Do our fears for our kids get in the way of encouraging them to do the things they enjoy? Can our fears deprive our kids of joy? Is failing really a big deal? What's my latest unschooling book idea? Where are we going when we take unschooling on the road? Does encouragement work both ways? I'm also sharing the story Fearing Our Kids Will Fail from my book Curious Unschoolers. Show Notes My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page Podcast Episode 140: Difficult Things Youtube Sue Elvis Instagram stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about this episode. You could let me know what you think about my new unschooling book idea. Maybe you have a fear of failing story of your own to share.  And please join me on Instagram!

29mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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136: The Complicated Issue of Unlimited Screen Time

This week, I'm chatting about unlimited screen time. Is this a simple issue? If we let our unschooled kids have unlimited access to screens and trust them, will they learn to self-regulate their usage without any problems? Or is there more to discuss than that? I'm sharing my story, Is It Really Okay to Let Unschooling Kids Have Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet? And I'm discussing the questions: Will kids learn to self-regulate their screen usage? Do adults have trouble self-regulating? Should we respect our kids’ choices? Why do we fear letting go of control? What is sensible screen behaviour? Is the Internet really addictive? Is making screen rules a responsible thing to do? Or is there a better way to help kids self-regulate their usage? Do we have to do more than just step back and give our kids complete freedom to do what they want? Show Notes Blog Posts Is It Really Okay to Let Unschooling Kids Have Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet? My Unschool Unplanning Strewing Notebook Podcast Episode 105, Social Media, Internet Addiction, and Screen Time Youtube Sue Elvis Instagram stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or just stop by and say hello!

37mins

12 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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131: Making Unschooled Kids Learn Maths Just in Case

This week, I'm sharing a story called Making Unschooled Kids Learn Maths Just in Case. And I'm discussing the main points in it. Is it sensible to make all kids learn maths just in case they might need it? What if kids need maths to go to university? What if they decide they want to go to school? Show Notes Blog post Making Unschooled Kids Learn Maths Just in Case Videos Are You a Curious Unschooler? What Will You Strew Today? Youtube channel Sue Elvis Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling.  Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or just stop by and say hello!

19mins

7 Sep 2018

Rank #20