Rank #1: Why Unschool?
What is unschooling? How does it work? And why do families choose this path?
Today’s star-studded cast includes Jan Hunt, Kelly Lovejoy, Jerry Mintz, Idzie Desmarais. Carsie Blanton, Michelle Loucas, Sandra Dodd and Nikiah Childs.
Jul 13 2014
Rank #2: Gaps and Being "Behind"
Sometimes people worry that, if children don’t follow a set curriculum, they will have gaps in their education, or that they will be behind.
Is this a valid concern?
Feb 17 2015
Rank #3: The Word Unschooling
Where did it come from? And where is it going?
Mar 13 2015
Rank #4: Deschooling
Before unschooling can flourish, parents and children need to undo old ideas about learning. This process is called Deschooling and it provides a vital foundation for the unschooling journey.
Most people who grow up going to school end up believing that learning is something that has to be forced, and that learning isn’t fun. Children who are never forced to do schoolish things have no reason to believe this.
But children – and parents – who DID go to school, and who do believe this, before they can find the joy in natural learning, first have to un-learn this idea that they acquired from the forced-learning school model.
Sandra's tip for this process:
Read a little
Try a little
Wait a while
.... then, repeat.
Jul 19 2014
Rank #5: Math
Learning math without school and without coercion.
Oct 27 2014
Rank #6: Personal Growth
One of the hidden benefits to unschooling is that it can help parents learn, heal and grow.
Jan 03 2015
Rank #7: Reading
Learning to read without school and without coercion.
Oct 30 2014
Rank #8: A Typical Day
A typically atypical unschooling day.
Oct 14 2014
Rank #9: Writing
Learning to write without pain and suffering.
Nov 02 2014
Rank #10: When Unschooling Fails
Sometimes people say “Unschooling isn’t working for my child” or they say, "We tried unschooling but it didn’t work."
This is the topic for today: When, why or how does unschooling fail?
Dec 28 2014
Rank #11: Academics
Unschoolers don’t segment life into categories, don’t follow a prescribed curriculum and don’t see quote “academic” learning as different or better than all kinds of learning.
People who still have a school mindset worry that this means unschooled children are not learning the important things.
Sep 05 2014
Rank #12: Who Can Unschool?
Just about any child will learn and flourish in a truly loving and educationally-conducive environment. So every child has the potential to be a successful unschooler.
The question is, what qualities and skills must a parent have, in order to be able to provide this environment?
Jul 16 2014
Rank #13: Teens
What's it like to be an unschooling teen?
Dec 09 2014
Rank #14: Gever Tulley
Gever Tulley is the founder of Tinkering School and author of the book 50 Fangerous Things You Should Let Your Kid do. This is an extended recording of Gever talking about Tinkering, his original TED talk, his book, and the value of parents and children doing dangerous things together.
Jan 13 2015
Rank #15: Community
How do unschoolers find community?
Dec 22 2014
Rank #16: Saying Yes
Saying Yes to your child can foster a rich and joyful environment for learning.
Dec 07 2014
Rank #17: Relatives
When relatives don’t support unschooling… what then?
Feb 03 2015
Rank #18: "Bored" and "Lazy"
Parents worry a child might be too “bored” or “lazy” to unschool. Is this possible?
My conclusion is - not only are boredom and laziness not reasons or proof that unschooling doesn’t work - they can be great opportunities to learn new things, to have more bonding experiences, giving a chance for parents to pay closer attention to their child and find out more that is going on deep inside.
Aug 29 2014
Rank #19: Peter Gray on Learning
Peter Gray is a developmental psychologist and research professor who has written many things including a blog for Psychology Today magazine called "Freedom to Learn." His latest book is also called Free to Learn, and in it Mr. Gray writes about how all people are born to be self-directed learners.
Aug 06 2014
Rank #20: Strewing
"I strew their path with interesting things."
Dec 14 2014