They Won’t Learn to Follow Rules

I'm not going to spend any time explaining this objection or speculating where it might stem from.  Since it seems to me to be pretty self-explanatory, I'd rather get to the business of debunking it. Just a few ways unschooled kids learn to follow the rules

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Math

How will they learn what they need to learn...like math...if you "unschool" them? I'm not really sure what it is about math in particular that really hits the panic button in a lot of parents, but it sure seems to! It's interesting, because my answer to the question,...

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How to Talk to Your Child About Making Decisions

If I told you an 8 year old is perfectly capable of making her own decisions about what to learn, what would you think? I've gotta be nuts, right?  It's crazy to give a child that much control, right?  Unschooling is educational neglect, right? A child that young is...

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A Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Unschooling

The relationship between relaxed, eclectic homeschooling and unschooling is interesting.  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...

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A “No Drama” Manifesto for Homeschool Groups

I've lost count of the number of different homeschool groups I have been a part of over the past 13 years. Christian groups and secular groups.  Groups that only meet for a park playdate, and groups that offer co-ops and field trips.  The one constant among all of the...

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

On the surface, it seems absurd to even contemplate “not schooling”. Most of us spent most of our childhoods inside of classroom walls with teachers and textbooks. There’s a growing movement of people who are actually questioning the very idea of schooling…and here’s why.

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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...

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