Radical Unschoolers Network

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Portland Unschoolers


Portland Unschoolers

A place to meet and connect with other unschoolers in the area. A place to announce happenings and meet-ups and other outings of interest. A place to share our enthusiasm for unschooling with one another.

Location: Portland, OR in and around
Members: 36
Latest Activity: Feb 16

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Anybody here speak French?

Started by Katie Raue Feb 16. 0 Replies

Anyone in NE?

Started by Navae Fionna. Last reply by Wendy Scharp Sep 27, 2011. 3 Replies

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Comment by Amy Jarjusey on June 28, 2013 at 11:44pm

Thank you thank you Lyla! That is really exciting to hear. We are quite spoiled here in Chicago with such a large community to move around in. Always feel well-supported and connected I can't envision something other! I will check out all of the avenues you've mentioned. We are quite eager to try new adventures! Thanks much!

Comment by Lyla on June 24, 2013 at 1:55am

there's a LOT going in portland, for unschoolers, and a pretty big collection of radical unschoolers too :)  there is a yahoogroup, a fb group, several park days each week during the summer (some for all home schoolers, and at least one that's mostly unschoolers), village home education resource center, with quite a collection of radical unschoolers and unschoolers mixed into the community there, and last but not least, Life is Good Unschooling Conference, every May in Vancouver, WA, just across the river.  those are just the "formal" collections, there's lots of informal local activity, meetups, several campouts each year for radical unschoolers, a few for unschoolers in general, and for teens, Not Back to School Camp in central Oregon each summer. there are probably other things i am forgetting :)

Comment by Amy Jarjusey on June 23, 2013 at 11:55pm


I hope people don't mind me dropping a note here. Our family is currently in Chicago. I'm born and raised. I just completed a 4 week trek across the country and back and we had a BLAST! We had a stop in Portland, visiting friends and we kinda fell in love. Heavily contemplating a move in that direction. I googled 'radical unschooling in portland' and this was the first thing that popped up. I suppose I am a little nervous b/c here in Chicago we have an incredible community to connect with. Lots of social stuff, classes, gatherings, etc. I'm wondering what things would be like in Portland and how the community connects there? Any insights, I'd love to hear! Also looking for other resources, so if you see me pop up on a yahoo group or something, please let me know if I'm missing anything.

Thanks a bunch!

Comment by stephen & ilana hamilton on March 1, 2012 at 1:29pm

Hi there.   We're new to the group....Our daughter Rowan is 5 and son Lark is 3.

Comment by Starr Sheppard-Decker on June 9, 2011 at 1:04pm
I had almost forgotten about this place. Just a hello to say I am still here, doing my thing! :) I unschool my 7-yr-old son in Gladstone/Milwaukie area if anyone wants to have a playdate... ;)
Comment by JennyStar on August 11, 2009 at 6:29pm
Thanks Lyla, I forget that there are two yahoo groups! Both are good for finding like minded unschoolers.

Dayna Martin has a few youtube things up. She's also on a few yahoo groups and probably here on ning as well. There have been several discussions about limits and such in the message board section here on ning. You should revive one and ask there.... really great convos happen that way!
Comment by Merhia Wiese on August 11, 2009 at 4:18pm
I just watched this and am not quiet sure if we are truely "Radical Unschoolers" can anyone expand on this? We have always treated our children with respect and never really been "authoritative" (except with our teenager)but what about safety? Especially with teens? We always ask our daughters "what is your body telling you right now"? For things like sleep, emotions and things of that nature, but we do set limits and I feel kids need some limits to feel safe! We also tell our children that "our #1 job is to keep them safe". We NEVER say "good girl" because it seems to me that by telling a child this, then you imply that at some point they are a "bad girl"... Is this "radical unschooling"?
{more of what we already do w/out evening knowing it was a "movement"} http://.youtube.com/watch?v=kiHyzS26N0Y&feature=player_embedded
Comment by Lyla on August 10, 2009 at 9:27pm
ok, well there is portlandradicalunschooling and pdx-unschoolers - both at yahoo!
Comment by Merhia Wiese on August 10, 2009 at 9:00pm
Well, my teen is off exploring the world...Florida now, who knows where next, hopefully back here. I'm really looking more for groups with "school-age" children (I still find saying that funny for obvious reasons)...and my daughter has suggested "more girls"...I'll check out yahoo...thanks for all the help!
Comment by JennyStar on August 10, 2009 at 8:39pm
Hi! Our family has a 15 yr old dd and a 7 yr old dd. What kind of things are your kids into? Not many meetups, but there are activities here and there, mostly listed on Portland radical unschoolers yahoo group. I'll try to be better about cross posting them! It's pretty hit and miss with the teens, but my dd and Lyla's dd do know a few in the area.

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