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continuing to make slow & steady progress…

as i’ve been learning this new art…


Added by laura bowman on January 11, 2014 at 8:40am — No Comments


whenever i start having hateful feelings about all of the modern technology that is super distracting to me, all i have to do is wait. just wait a darn minute and something will happen to remind me just how fantastic it really is. like right now, scotty is miles and miles away from me, yet we were chatting and commenting on things together on facebook. you might say, well, there was always the phone…but neither of us has ever…


Added by laura bowman on October 21, 2013 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

what do you want to be when you grow up?

i love how conversations amble along…you start in one place and end up down the street in a completely different neighborhood. yesterday, silas and i had a conversation like that. we were in the car on the way home from the orthodontist and somehow we started talking about moving, i think because scotty is finishing school this year and there was some brief discussion the night before about “what if we had to move away if he got a job somewhere else, etc.” he asked why people always want to…


Added by laura bowman on May 10, 2013 at 10:38am — 3 Comments

my teen partners

i made a joke earlier today that watching any series on netflix was a full-time job. and it’s true. but it got me thinking about the many different “jobs” i have had over the years under the single title of “mom.”

this year all three of the kids are turning milestone ages: 13, 16, and 18. my mind has been on this a lot lately. i’m reminded of when they were all 5 and under and people would ask what it was like to have 3 young children. i would often describe it as having 3 very…


Added by laura bowman on March 12, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments


(Disclaimer: I respect all parents’ educational choices. There are many alternatives to education. This article is not meant to be critical or even persuasive, it is simply our personal journey. Enjoy.)
“Unschooling?! Isn’t that just for the liberal, atheist, hippy type of homeschoolers?”
Or, at least, that’s what I asked myself the first time I heard…

Added by Morgan Hancock on January 11, 2013 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Learning vs. Teaching

Today, my pastor gave a perfect analogy for my education philosophy. He described how when you get a new tool or your child gets a new present, you don’t get out the instruction manual first, read it and then just leave the tool or toy in the box. No, you rip open the box, get out the toy or tool and you start trying to use it. Then, a few minutes into it you realize, “Oh, I may need to read some instructions on how to use this thing.” So, then you start reading the instructions;…


Added by Morgan Hancock on January 10, 2013 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Nurturing the budding Engineer.

The Rise of mini Engineers

When I think back to my unfortunate days of school, I do recall loving a few subjects, one being ART and the other ELECTRONICS and CDT ( craft design technology) An hour long lesson was never enough…

Added by Jo Cauldrick on October 28, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

Embrace the Rain

I know that for some of you in the UK the rain has been quite a problem, but sometimes it is good to focus on whats great about it. Last week during a heavy rain storm, my family walked 4 miles to the shop instead of using our car. We loved the walk despite being soaked to the bone. We thought about the sun coming out, and right as we were reaching home- the beautiful sun shone through the clouds, drying our close. Priceless.…


Added by Jo Cauldrick on October 21, 2012 at 6:28am — No Comments

20 alternatives to saying 'NO'

I am setting myself a challenge for the week ahead. I am going to reduce the amount of times I use the word 'NO' and negative words such as 'don't' 'can't'  and 'shouldn't'

I actively encourage my daughters to turn their positive hopes and dreams into reality, each word that one uses speaks directed to…


Added by Jo Cauldrick on October 20, 2012 at 1:12pm — No Comments

"Myth Adventures", Episode 1: Werewolf

My kids wrote and produced a new paranormal show, filmed entirely on location here in Hoquiam (and if anyone can tell me why the video embedding isn't working, let me know!).

Edited by Ralph Hogaboom. Credit music by our friend Ira - all music and sound effects used by permission.

Added by Kelly Hogaboom on May 16, 2012 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

"how necessary a world of pains and troubles"; or, what I really learned and where I learned it

unhappy camper


I was an achiever my entire school career. They put me in a "gifted" program my first year, and the rest of my academic experience more or less followed suit. I've since had cause to joke, What is a "gifted" six year old anyway? The one who doesn't wipe boogers under the desk? Because at least from my perspective…


Added by Kelly Hogaboom on May 14, 2012 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Unschoolers Can Fly


We started unschooling almost two years ago now, after my son attended a few weeks of first grade in a local public school. Unschooling-- which my son describes to people as "not following a curriculum and just doing whatever we feel like--" been pretty awesome. Awesome for him, which I expected, but also for the whole family, often in ways I…


Added by Robin Stevenson on April 26, 2012 at 1:20am — 4 Comments

Unschooling them


unschooling them

Whether we decide to school, homeschool or unschool our children, we need to understand that schooling does not happen in the school establishment anyway. By the age of five or six, our…

Added by xristiana on April 2, 2012 at 5:30am — 4 Comments


Labels are useful - they help us categorize & systemize. They allow for a quick understanding of what something is. When I go to the bookstore, I follow the labels to find the book I'm looking for. When I'm researching for something online, I use keywords, another form of labeling, to get to what I need quickly. Labels are…

Added by Christine Yablonski on October 18, 2010 at 1:46pm — No Comments

The Learning Styles Of The Fun And The Not So Fun

“Mom, teach me to tell time!” asked my seven year-old, Madeline.

I replied, “Okay Maddy,…

Added by jenny penton on October 4, 2010 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Loving our Unschooled Life

A year ago seems so long ago now and so much has changed for us as we continously strive for a happier life. A year ago was just going into our second year of unschooling and I was still full of doubts, panic attacks and feeling as if I was never doing enough. A year ago hubby was working as a fast food manager of 11 years and was had his second heart attack at age 38, quickly working towards his 3rd and perhaps his last. Not to mention we never saw him as he was always…


Added by Rainbow Rivers on September 11, 2010 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

Getting Beyond the Age Factor

I have read many stories of home-schooled children accomplishing beyond what is expected of young people at young ages. I want to give my daughter a chance for developing this type of confidence - something neither my husband nor myself received when we attended school at her age. There is much we have had to teach ourselves! We have been encouraging her natural creativity, and her curiosity expands in all directions. Yesterday evening she noticed that there were rain droplets… Continue

Added by Karen S Gault on March 15, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Our Cross-Country Tour!

Below is the text from our Pure Jeevan, raw food, blog...I'm pasting it here because it includes our itinerary for crossing the country. We're VERY interested in meeting unschoolers in all of the following locations...particularly in Oregon...and want to find out about the local unscooling scene in your area!! Please let me know if you'd like to meet when we're in your town/city!!

Lots of love to…


Added by Wendi Dee on February 11, 2010 at 7:26am — No Comments

Sandra Dodd's Big Book of Unschooling

That's a big name, and it's a big book. Pre-orders and onsite Good Vibrations Conference copies have been delivered/received/mailed.

Ordering information is here:

You could have a book within a week, and it will look like this, thanks to Holly Dodd's photobucket artistry:

Added by Sandra Dodd on September 29, 2009 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

Another blog!

It's quite hard to maintain two blogs. If you guys don't mind, I will copy posts from my Blogger. I like writing about unschooling so you won't miss nothing.

Added by Netzi on September 23, 2009 at 4:02pm — No Comments

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