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  1. Toddler & Child
    When my son was two-years-old, he attended an early education center that required him to sit quietly for much of the day. When he was unable to do so, I decided to unschool. My first child had been at the early education center on my college campus when I went back to school. He was...
  2. Judy Arnall
    Hi Everyone I am an unschooling/homeschooling expert. I didn't think I would homeschool past grade 7 because that is where my math ability ends. Yet, my kids wanted to keep going. Their first math class online was grade 7 or 8 and their first social studies, english classes were about grade...
  3. Judy Arnall
    Hi Everyone! I have been busy giving birth...to a book. Much easier than giving birth to babes. Now I'm back to reading instead of writing and have much more free time. Please feel free to post on any questions you may have on non-punitive parenting, or education. I'm partial to...
  4. Toddler & Child
    What happens if you let your children direct their own schooling? How can you be an effective teacher when the student chooses the learning? We homeschool. Even though I was homeschooled as a child and this is my fourth year as a homeschooling mom, I waffle a lot with what it means to be my...
  5. Vermont. New Hampshire, Maine
    Hi! We will be relocating in about 2 years, my heart is set on Vermont. I will most likely be visiting solo this summer, and then next summer we are doing a family road trip all around the surrounding states. We are a loving family of four, we love camping, backpacking, living a healthy...
  6. Toddler & Child
    The kindergarten our children attend today is very different than that of kindergarten only a few decades ago. Parents and researchers alike wonder: What is the cost to our children? When my son was four-years-old, he was in a voluntary pre-kindergarten program in Florida. It was a great...
  7. Homeschooling
    Hey family <3 What I am offering is a box of items crafted by the local artists and artisans I encounter as I travel the world. One month, it may be a box filled with textures, tastes, scents, sounds and sights from a small town in India. Other months could present boxes from Ethiopia, Norway...
  8. Toddler & Child
    Play is often undervalued in educational programs today. However, it is crucial for the healthy development of our children. Children play all the time. When you are home with your kids, chances are they are playing with or without you. There is more behind the scenes than just having fun. Play...
  9. Toddler & Child
    From what I've observed, most of us parents who are home with their kids during the summer fall into one of two camps: summer should be structured vs. summer is the time to run wild. Which one do you fall into? I fall into some sort of middle place that is a hybrid of the two camps. It's not...
  10. Toddler & Child
    When you begin homeschooling, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the options, methods and tips. Here are five homeschool blogs to help you get off on the right foot. 1. Amongst Lovely Things This site is a reader's jackpot. Sarah Mackenzie is a homeschooling mom of six with a particular...
  11. Toddler & Child
    Homeschooling gives my family freedom. We are free to travel, to set our own schedule and to adjust everything for the sake of our children. Our family schools year-round, and here's how we make it work. When I tell people that we school year-round, I get a few reactions. Some tell me they wish...
  12. Toddler & Child
    Have you ever wondered what "unschooling" is really like? In their new book, Unschoolers, authors Milva McDonald and Sophia Sayigh create a fictional but true-to-life depiction of multiple homeschooling and unschooling families. Unschoolers meanders through the stories of several different...
  13. Toddler & Child
    A school administration in Sydney, Australia, stopped assigning homework and the results were astounding. As the internet swirls about the viral post by Honest Toddler blogger's child 'being done with homework,' one school administration in Australia agrees - no more homework. You've surely...
  14. Judy Arnall
    My son finished his very first online math class at age 14. We started at a grade 8 (Alberta) level which seems to bridge elementary and high school math concepts nicely. He learned integers, fractions, decimals, prisms, pythag, variables, relations, graphs, etc. He did very well in...
  15. Unschooling
    My son finished his very first online math class at age 14. We started at a grade 8 (Alberta) level which seems to bridge elementary and high school math concepts nicely. He learned integers, fractions, decimals, prisms, pythag, variables, relations, graphs, etc. He did very well in...
  16. Judy Arnall
    When families homeschool, parents are often asked the question, “What about socialization?” Many people are fine with the academic achievement of homeschooling but worry that children who do not go to school to interact with the same aged peers daily, lack necessary social skills to grow into a...
  17. Judy Arnall
    When considering homeschooling a child who has reached school age or when the decision is made for children to leave a school they attended last year, parents who are homeschooling their children for the first time have a lot of questions, worries and fears. These concerns are very common and as...
  18. Florida, Georgia, Alabama
    NLA offers a biweekly Toddler Class (which includes Parenting Topic Talk each session), a Mixed-Age Nature and Play based Child-centered class (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and is now offering a Homeschool Enrichment Class (Wednesday 10:00 AM-1:00 PM). The class offers a gentle season-led...
  19. Unschooling
    My children and I are moving to Spokane Washington hopefully within 6 months. I am concerned about the testing- we have never tested- always unschooled. My kids are bright but all of them have been late in life learners- I don't want to put pressure on them for testing. Especially since there...
  20. Unschooling
    Come on, time to fess up! You know we all have at least one weird interest that we're more than hesitant to talk about. I'm about as straight-laced as they come, until it comes to my love of cryptozoology. Since I was little, I've immersed myself in stories and documentaries about Bigfoot, sea...
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