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: Relatives
When relatives don’t support unschooling… what then?
Feb 03 2015
Rank #4: Writing
Learning to write without pain and suffering.
Nov 02 2014
Rank #5: 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 #6: Math
Learning math without school and without coercion.
Oct 27 2014
Rank #7: Peace
How do unschooling parents create a peaceful environment that is conducive to learning?
Sep 10 2014
Rank #8: 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 #9: Reading
Learning to read without school and without coercion.
Oct 30 2014
Rank #10: 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 #11: Teens
What's it like to be an unschooling teen?
Dec 09 2014
Rank #12: Learning from Screens
Many people worry that unlimited screens will harm their child.
But natural learning occurs best when children follow their interests and are trusted to direct their own play and learning... EVEN when they’re interested in something on a screen.
Aug 23 2014
Rank #13: 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 #14: Principles
Principles and priorities (rather than rules) create the framework by which unschooling can work
Dec 04 2014
Rank #15: A Typical Day
A typically atypical unschooling day.
Oct 14 2014
Rank #16: Dads
What about dads?
Feb 02 2015
Rank #17: Strewing
"I strew their path with interesting things."
Dec 14 2014
Rank #18: Community
How do unschoolers find community?
Dec 22 2014
Rank #19: Hard Times
What do unschoolers do when they encounter hard times?
Feb 13 2015
Rank #20: Personal Growth
One of the hidden benefits to unschooling is that it can help parents learn, heal and grow.
Jan 03 2015