We are a family of four. Buzz, Nancy and our daughter, Zibby who was born 2-04, and our son, Henry who was born 9-07
Our children are young, but I already consider us an unschooling family. I discovered the concept of unschooling while I was first pregnant, and found that it resonated with me. Soon after my daughter was born, I met some real life unschoolers at a La Leche Leauge meeting. They invited me to come check out their group, which I did.
I imagined that I looked very strange, being there with my 3 month old baby! But gradually I got to know folks and got more secure and confident identifying myself as an unschooler, and our family as an unschooling family. Although, I am now thinking that the term Life Learner is a better description of our experience.
To me, this means that we are all able to pursue our interests, follow our dreams, and spend time doing what we love. This blog is a way for us to capture what our life looks like, and share with friends, family, and anyone else who might be interested
Thanks for visiting!
Quote from Sandra Dodd about Unschooling:
Although unschooling is often described as a homeschooling style, it
is, in fact, much more than just another homeschool teaching method.
Unschooling is both a philosophy of natural learning and the
lifestyle that results from living according to the principles of
The most basic principle of unschooling is that children are born
with an intrinsic urge to explore — for a moment or a lifetime —
what intrigues them, as they seek to join the adult world in a
personally satisfying way. Because of that urge, an unschooling child
is free to choose the what, when, where and how of his/her own
learning from mud puddles to video games and SpongeBob Squarepants to
Shakespeare! And an unschooling parent sees his/her role, not as a
teacher, but as a facilitator and companion in a child’s exploration
of the world.
Unschooling is a mindful lifestyle which encompasses, at its core, an
atmosphere of trust, freedom, joy and deep respect for who the child
is. This cannot be lived on a part-time basis. Unschooling sometimes
seems so intuitive that people feel they’ve been doing it all along,
not realizing it has a name. Unschooling sometimes seems so
counterintuitive that people struggle to understand it, and it can
take years to fully accept its worth.