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.
Rank #2: A Typical Day
A typically atypical unschooling day.
Rank #3: Teens
What's it like to be an unschooling teen?
Rank #4: 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?
Rank #5: 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.
Rank #6: Writing
Learning to write without pain and suffering.
Rank #7: 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?
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: The Word Unschooling
Where did it come from? And where is it going?
Rank #10: Math
Learning math without school and without coercion.
Rank #11: Food
Can even meal times be time of joy and harmony - and learning?
Unschoolers say, absolutely YES!
Rank #12: Dads
What about dads?
Rank #13: Going to College
Question: If children don’t go to school or follow a set curriculum for elementary or high school, how can they get into college or earn a college degree?
Answer: Lots of ways!
Rank #14: Relatives
When relatives don’t support unschooling… what then?
Rank #15: Longer interviews with Liberated Learners
Princeton Learning Cooperative
Bucks Learning Cooperative
Rank #16: 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?
Rank #17: Personal Growth
One of the hidden benefits to unschooling is that it can help parents learn, heal and grow.
Rank #18: Strewing
"I strew their path with interesting things."
Rank #19: Single Parents
For many people, unschooling as a single parent would be way too hard.
But today we hear from some “solo mums” who are unschooling successfully, with joy, learning, abundance and partnership.
Katie O’Connor is the director of the Talking Stick Learning Center.
Danielle Owens is on the board of DrMomma.org and Saving our Sons.
Brie Jontry teaches online classes for West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Tanya Marinelli runs Wellness and Empowerment Camps for Kids.
Lainie Liberti facilitates World School Retreats for unschooling teens.
Rank #20: "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.