Category Archives: Democratic Parenting

Help with moving to a more democratic parent-child relationship.

If Your Child Doesn’t Understand a Concept, Let It Go!

Parents. Relax! Your child will get it! Last Spring I was teaching my teen the final grade 9 concepts in measurement – trigonometry in order to prep for high school math. He was unschooled until he was 18 and decided … Continue reading

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Evidence of Learning: If a child breathes, they learn

Assessment. Evaluation. Judgement. To a parent of a homeschooled child, it all means the same. A representative from a school is going to enter one’s home and make a judgement on the learning of their homeschooled child. It feels like … Continue reading

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All Children Have Gaps In Learning, Whether in School or Outside of School

Gaps happen. In an unprecedented year, will your child be missing content this year? You bet! Whether a child is homeschooled, unschooling or in a classroom or online, all children have gaps in learning. Not just this year, but every … Continue reading

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Unschooling STEM

When parents think of “unschooling” they imagine their child as a clerk flipping hamburgers at McDonalds. We all need hamburger flippers, but we also need to dispel the myth that unschooled children are uneducated. And especially in the STEM fields. … Continue reading

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Unschoolers Excel in High School With No Previous Schooling

Many homeschooling parents and unschooled children do their own thing for grades 1-9 and then sign their kids or self up for high school grades 10-12 at a physical school. Usually there is no report card needed, nor testing for … Continue reading

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Unschooling and Self-Directed Education: How children learn without school and homeschooling

Most parents can teach their children without curriculum until a grade 7 level.  They just need to regain their parenting confidence after 150 years of schooling giving the message that only teachers teach. Parents are the first teachers and self-learners … Continue reading

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Government Oversight of Homeschooling is Over-rated

This week, Erin O’Donnell wrote a caustic article published in Harvard Magazine on why Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program director believes that governments should not allow homeschooling.  Elizabeth Bartholet, the CAP program director is organizing a conference in June … Continue reading

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Healthy Families Are Always the Best Learning Environment

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15 Problems with Testing Unschoolers and Homeschoolers

  Excerpted from Unschooling To University, by Judy Arnall Listen to the podcast: 15 problems with testing unschoolers and homeschoolers Testing is the most common form of assessment in schools. Yet it is problematic in un- schooling  and homeschooling because … Continue reading

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Screen Time Research: Who To Believe?

Many parents worry about screen time, especially after reading the latest study that involves children their children’s ages. However, how does one sort through the myths from the facts? It is becoming increasingly difficult. Screen time addiction was not listed … Continue reading

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