• Homeschool,  Learning,  Living with Children,  Parenting

    3 Regrets of an Unschooling Mom

    We have been homeschooling for 12 years, unschooling for close to 11. My kids have been unschooling since birth, though. I am the one who needed to catch up to what they instinctively knew to be true, which is: Learning happens ALL THE TIME even without adult involvement, control or meddling. Below are three things I sort of/kind of regret. I say sort of/kind of because I believe all our experiences teach us something. Even the failures–especially the failures. So, do I REALLY regret the following? Not necessarily. I mostly mourn the time I lost worrying and comparing. The upside, however, is by sharing my experiences in those early days…

  • Homeschool,  Learning,  Parenting,  Self-Directed Learning

    How Pokemon Sealed our Unschooling Fate

    My son was six when Pokemon entered our world. The cute and odd-looking characters quickly became his thing, his focus, the topic he explored in as many ways as possible. For a little while, I was like the Pokemon themselves–using my ‘special powers’ (i.e. my debit card to purchase or not purchase cards each time we entered a Target) and my personal experience points, (a masters degree in Special Education, past work in public schools, and organizing/suggesting curriculum for a private school), to justify why I needed to be in control of what and how he learns. I just knew my skills gave me insight more powerful than my son’s.  How…

  • Homeschool,  Learning,  Living with Children,  Self-Directed Learning

    Learning to Read the Natural Way

    I know it is hard to trust, but trust you must. Children can and will learn to read without school. This has been proven time and time again, yet it is a difficult concept to accept in a culture that spends billions of dollars on curriculum and programs to teach children how to read and start them as early as five. Naturally, when this kind of money is being spent it makes sense to defend the stance that reading must be directly taught, in a setting by certified individuals, and started as early as kindergarten.  I am aware that there will always be outliers–those who do in fact need additional…