Category Archives: How to Unschool

The nitty-gritty of how to unschool in everyday life.

The Unschooled Engineer

How does unschooling work when a child is a teenager and is beginning to choose a career path? Many people are fine letting young children play away their day, but what about when the time comes to start thinking about … Continue reading

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Unschooling: FAQ

Did you know there is a world-wide facebook group for Unschooling STEM? Join Unschooling STEM Why did you unschool? I wanted my children to get an education and to love lifelong learning. I value education but not necessarily having it … Continue reading

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Bypassing the School Curriculum Gives Your Child an Advantage: Reading and Writing

  When people are told about unschooling, a common question is, “How will kids learn if they don’t follow the school curriculum?” The answer is, kids learn when they need to learn. The best inspiration for learning is a motivating … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Get the Degree (or Certificate or Diploma)

When I went to public school, I disliked it enormously.  It seemed more like a maze to navigate intense social constructs, avoid bullying, constantly trying to fit in with peers, and mollify the teacher’s wrath. It was never thought of … Continue reading

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Community Spirit Begins at Home

Many unschooled children do not do “chores” mandated by parents.  Instead, they live in a home environment where contribution and appreciation is freely given among family members of all ages, both within the family and within the bigger community.  The … Continue reading

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STEM Classes for Kids: Do they help or hinder curiosity?

  Someone posed this question to me the other day: “My daughter is showing increased interest in math and science.  Should I enroll her in STEM day-camps, after-school classes, or extra-curricular activities geared to STEM?” Which got me thinking, do … Continue reading

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“Wait until they have to get up early for a real job; then they will be in shock by the real world.”

So my son started his first day of school. He is age 19. He has his first experience of agendas, exams, deadlines, and a structured class. He has been unschooled for grades 1-12 and taught himself various high school classes … Continue reading

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