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145: Taking the Unschooling Yeti for a Test Drive

This week, my teenager Sophie joins me to test drive my new Yeti mic! Hopefully, our conversation sounds good!

We talk about:

  • Sophie's vlogging plans
  • Encouraging children's ideas
  • How we shouldn't be afraid to try new things
  • The temptation to edit our pasts and rewrite our stories
  • The temptation to delete early blog posts to eliminate our unschooling mistakes
  • The problem of looking like we've never made any mistakes
  • How we can impact other people's lives in a positive way
  • Do I have an online persona?
  • How we can capture our life stories
  • How choosing the right gift can make a difference to the receiver's life
  • Planning our year instead of making New Year's Resolutions
  • Things I want to achieve in 2019
  • My unschooling book news
  • Things Sophie wants to achieve this year

 

Show Notes

 

Imogen Elvis

Youtube

Imogen Elvis

Imogen's novel

The Crystal Tree

 

Sophie Elvis

Instagram

thetechnomaid

tough.turtle

Youtube

Sophie Elvis

 

My Instagram

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My Unschooling Newsletter

Subscribe

 

Philip Mott's Podcast

School's Out

 

Sallie Borrink's Blog Post

Should Bloggers Edit Their Past

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or you could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

Perhaps you have a question or topic you'd like me to discuss in a future podcast episode. Please let me know so that I can add it to my planning notes for next year.

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144: Reading Out Loud and a Generous Christmas

This week, I'm answering some questions about reading out loud:

  • What is our reading out loud process?
  • Should we have a time (for reading) built into the flow (of our day)?
  • What if this time crowds out other projects our children are working on individually?
  • How do we choose books?

 

I talk about

  • Why I never enjoyed listening to books being read aloud as a child
  • How I used to regard reading out loud as the dessert of my kids' education rather than the main course.
  • How we should move over and let our kids occupy the reader's chair
  • How we have to be patient while our kids are learning how to read out loud
  • My reading-out-loud experiment: What happened when I stopped correcting my daughter when she made reading-out-loud mistakes

 

I also return to the topic of Christmas presents:

  • Do presents belong only to the commercial side of Christmas or do they have spiritual significance?
  • Can we tell others to be generous?
  • Or do we only learn about generosity by experiencing it ourselves?

 

Show Notes

Blog Posts

Respecting Kids and Christmas Presents

The Reading Out Loud Experiment

A Main Course of Reading Out Loud

Listening

 

Instagram

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Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or you could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

Perhaps you have a question or topic you'd like me to discuss in a future podcast episode. Please let me know so that I can add it to my planning notes for next year.

This is my last episode for 2018. I'm taking a break over Christmas. Please join me again in 2019! 

Happy Christmas!

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143: Respecting Kids and Christmas Presents

This week, I'm sharing some news about my unschooling book.

I'm also sharing two stories, one about respecting children, and the other about perfect Christmas presents and love.

And I'm discussing the following questions:

  • Is it the right of every child to be respected?
  • How do we show respect to children?
  • Do we sometimes do things for our kids only because we want them to do things for us?
  • Is it okay to buy and enjoy giving Christmas presents?
  • Is it okay to look forward to receiving them?
  • Can choosing and giving presents be an act of love?

 

Show Notes

Blog Posts

My Perfect Christmas Present Secret

Making an Aussie Bush Christmas Tree

 

YouTube

Imogen Elvis

Imogen's Christmas Music Playlist

 

Instagram

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Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Perhaps you have a question or topic you'd like me to discuss. Or just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

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142: An Unschooler Talks About Life, Work and Dreams

This week, my teenage daughter Sophie (17) joins me to talk about:

  • How she balances her busy unschooling life with work
  • Why it's important to trust kids and not squash their ambitions
  • Why she is choosing not to go to university
  • Sophie's dream to be self-employed and how she plans to achieve it
  • How a lot of people react when they hear Sophie is working full time in a cafe
  • NaNoWriMo events and making friends
  • How we need to believe in our kids and cheer them on

 

Show Notes

Podcasts

Episode 133, A Balanced and Productive Unschool Life

Episode 139, Unschool Socialisation: Making Friends, Being Different

 

Instagram

Sophie Elvis

thetechnomaid

tough.turtle

 

Sue Elvis

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141: When a Child Is No Longer Gripped by a Passion

This week, I'm answering the question: "Have your kids ever been between interests?"

I talk about:

  • Exciting times when kids are gripped by a passion
  • Quiet times when they appear to be drifting along
  • How we can help our kids during quiet times by trusting and strewing
  • Some strewing ideas

 

Show Notes

Blog Posts

When Excitement for Learning Appears to Disappear

Regaining Her Enthusiasm for Learning

Preparing our Kids for an Unknown Future: Can We Do It? 

What Happened When I Strewed a Painting on the Wall

Unschooling, Strewing, and Unplanning

My Unschool Unplanning Strewing Notebook

 

Podcasts

Episode 4: Exciting Times, Slow Times, and Unschool Holidays

Episode 83: How to Start a Great Art Conversation

 

Novel Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo

 

Coding Lessons

Codecademy

 

 Youtube Exercise Channel

Fitness Blender

 

My Unschooling Newsletter

Subscribe

 

Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Perhaps you have a question or topic you'd like me to discuss. Or just stop by and say hello. And join me on Instagram!

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