How to do nothing

My daughter is painting a picture and is intensely focused. The picture is of a castle on a hill, with the sun setting in the background. I'm about to proclaim what a beautiful painting it is, but stop myself in time. She isn't painting for me, and she's concentrating on her work. She doesn't need... Continue Reading →

That September feeling…

It's been a good few years since we last went back to school, but September energy is powerful. The idea that this is the month of new beginnings is deeply ingrained in me, and I can't quite shake the idea that we must all get busy again. And so, although I love reconnecting with people... Continue Reading →

What is unschooling?

There's a lot of buzz right now around children learning without school, and the different terms used can be confusing. I see the word unschooling pop up in different contexts and sometimes feel a bit flat when I see what it is describing. Not because someone else is doing it 'wrong', but because when this... Continue Reading →

Is it fun or is it learning? Does it matter?

There are many things about living without school that continue to fascinate me. Although, when I see these things in action, what fascinates me even more is how I could have ever understood things differently. When you see life and learning flow together naturally and uncoerced, you have to wonder why we make it all... Continue Reading →

Things I wish I had known

A friend asked me recently what I wish I had known when we began unschooling. It's an interesting question. There were lots of things that I didn't know, and there were others that, intellectually at least, I did know, but didn't quite believe. So, here's my list. All the things I wish I had known,... Continue Reading →

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