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The Unschooling Life

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Discover the innumerable wonders & challenges of the unschooling life. Featuring interviews with unschooling families recorded and edited by Amy Childs. Show your support at patreon.com/amychilds

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Discover the innumerable wonders & challenges of the unschooling life. Featuring interviews with unschooling families recorded and edited by Amy Childs. Show your support at patreon.com/amychilds

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By suzanna_amaya - Jun 03 2017
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I am sooo happy I came across this podcast. I am currently unschooling my daughter, but had few questions and concerns ever parent has for their child's future. I learned so much from all the interviews. I have a much better understanding on what unschooling truly means. I just hope I will be as good as I envision it. Thank you Amy for taking your time and making this for us.

The Perfect Introduction to Unschooling

By Kurtis Hagen - May 26 2015
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This is an excellent podcast. It is very well put together, and the content is useful and inspiring. I would recommend it to any homeschooling parent, and especially to anyone considering homeschooling. There are lots of misconceptions about unschooling, and this podcast—even if one listens to just the first few episodes—goes a long way to dispelling them. I am personally convinced, after my second year (formally) homeschooling, and several years educating myself about it, that some form of unschooling is both the easiest and most effective way to assure that one’s children develop their talents and become the healthiest, happiest, and productive people they can be. This podcast very effectively explains to the uninitiated why a conviction like mine is at least plausible.

iTunes Ratings

40 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
4
0
0
1

LOVE IT!!!

By suzanna_amaya - Jun 03 2017
Read more
I am sooo happy I came across this podcast. I am currently unschooling my daughter, but had few questions and concerns ever parent has for their child's future. I learned so much from all the interviews. I have a much better understanding on what unschooling truly means. I just hope I will be as good as I envision it. Thank you Amy for taking your time and making this for us.

The Perfect Introduction to Unschooling

By Kurtis Hagen - May 26 2015
Read more
This is an excellent podcast. It is very well put together, and the content is useful and inspiring. I would recommend it to any homeschooling parent, and especially to anyone considering homeschooling. There are lots of misconceptions about unschooling, and this podcast—even if one listens to just the first few episodes—goes a long way to dispelling them. I am personally convinced, after my second year (formally) homeschooling, and several years educating myself about it, that some form of unschooling is both the easiest and most effective way to assure that one’s children develop their talents and become the healthiest, happiest, and productive people they can be. This podcast very effectively explains to the uninitiated why a conviction like mine is at least plausible.
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The Unschooling Life

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Discover the innumerable wonders & challenges of the unschooling life. Featuring interviews with unschooling families recorded and edited by Amy Childs. Show your support at patreon.com/amychilds

Rank #1: Why Unschool?

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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
13 mins
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Rank #2: A Typical Day

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A typically atypical unschooling day.

Oct 14 2014
17 mins
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Rank #3: Teens

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What's it like to be an unschooling teen?

Dec 09 2014
16 mins
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Rank #4: Gaps and Being "Behind"

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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
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Rank #5: Gever Tulley

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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
15 mins
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Rank #6: Writing

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Learning to write without pain and suffering.

Nov 02 2014
17 mins
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Rank #7: When Unschooling Fails

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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
15 mins
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Rank #8: Deschooling

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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

Watch

.... then, repeat.

Jul 19 2014
16 mins
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Rank #9: The Word Unschooling

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Where did it come from? And where is it going?

Mar 13 2015
17 mins
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Rank #10: Math

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Learning math without school and without coercion.

Oct 27 2014
16 mins
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Rank #11: Food

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Can even meal times be time of joy and harmony - and learning?

Unschoolers say, absolutely YES!

Sep 11 2014
15 mins
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Rank #12: Dads

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What about dads?

Feb 02 2015
16 mins
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Rank #13: Going to College

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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!

Jul 25 2014
13 mins
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Rank #14: Relatives

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When relatives don’t support unschooling… what then?

Feb 03 2015
16 mins
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Rank #15: Longer interviews with Liberated Learners

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Nothstar Teens

Princeton Learning Cooperative

Bucks Learning Cooperative

Dec 09 2014
10 mins
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Rank #16: Who Can Unschool?

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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
13 mins
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Rank #17: Personal Growth

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One of the hidden benefits to unschooling is that it can help parents learn, heal and grow.

Jan 03 2015
16 mins
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Rank #18: Strewing

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"I strew their path with interesting things."

Dec 14 2014
14 mins
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Rank #19: Single Parents

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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.

Feb 04 2015
15 mins
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Rank #20: "Bored" and "Lazy"

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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
15 mins
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