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A Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Unschooling

While they are not the same thing, relaxed, eclectic homeschooling and unschooling share some common traits.  A lot of families, myself included, come to unschooling through relaxed, eclectic homeschooling. As you relax more and more, straying further and further away from the sort of structure and style of a classroom, you realize loosening the reins […]

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3 Reasons You Don’t Need to Worry About Gaps in Your Child’s Education if You Are Homeschooling

A reader asked, “What do you do about gaps in your kids’ educations if you’re unschooling?”My answer, “Don’t worry about it.”If you’re already comfortable with a self-directed approach, you’re nodding in agreement.  Nothing new here.  But if you’re not, go ahead and pick your jaw up off the floor.Yes, I am serious.  Don’t worry about […]

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What About Classes, Curricula, and Teachers?

A reader asks, “What about classes, teachers, and curricula when you’re unschooling?”I know there are some within the unschooling community who are going to disagree with me on this.  They believe any teaching, any classes, and any curricula is antithetical to unschooling.  This is actually one of the reasons I prefer the term “self-directed homeschooling”.I […]

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7 Reasons You Need to Rethink Your Strategy If Your Kids Are Asking, “Why Do We Have to Learn This?”

If your kids are asking you, “Why do we have to learn this?”, it’s time to rethink your teaching strategy…because you’re missing the mark.  And here are seven reasons why:You’ve Effectively Put the Cart Before the Horse.You’ve given your kids the “what” – multiplication tables, spelling words, handwriting dittos, whatever – before they’ve had a chance […]

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You Want Your Kids to be Mediocre

“Why Our Parents Want Us to be Mediocre.”Yup, that was the subject line of an email I received from internet marketing guru Ramit Sethi the other day.  Of course, I had to read it, so good job with the interest-capturing subject line, Ramit.  Gotta give some kudos where kudos are due.And now onto the email.  You’re […]

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Rethinking Higher Education: How Isaac Morehouse and Praxis Are Expanding the Options Our Young People Have

Have you carefully crafted a rigorous, college prep high school education for your children?  Is every decision you make about their curricula, community service, and sports or clubs weighed against the holy grail of a letter of admissions from a prestigious university in mind?Are you dutifully making sure that they follow the scope and sequence […]

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5 Bits Of Wisdom I Shared With My Son As He Considers His Future

You’re 18 years old now, and you have some big decisions to make.I don’t worry about you making those big decisions, though.  You’ve had lots of practice over the years making decisions that matter all on your own.  It’s not going to be such a big, scary world out there because you’ve already been living […]

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To School Or Not To School: Why It Is A Question

I’ll come right out and say it: it was sheer morbid curiosity that led me to click on and read Brigitte Mah’s “To School or Not to School: Why Is It a Question?”I already knew what I was going to get.  Ignorance about what unschooling is and what unschooled kids are actually like.  Contempt and hostility […]

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It’s an Easy Out

Here we are at the third and final of three posts about one objection to life learning.  In the first post, the objection is that I am a lazy parent.  I’m setting my kids up to fail was covered in the second post.  And finally, we have reached the “easy out”.Someone who thinks that self-directed […]

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The 6 Elements of “Student Engagement”, and How Educators Have It Wrong

“Student engagement” seems to be a new buzz-phrase going on in circles devoted to compulsory education. It has also crept into homeschools.  It’s a no-brainer (to me, anyway) that if students are interested in and engaged with what they are learning, they will learn the material more thoroughly and with greater ease.  It’s a sound […]

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