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112: Why I’m Not a Good Homeschooling Teacher

This week, I'm sharing and discussing another blog story, Why I'm Not a Good Homeschooling Teacher:

 

  • Will unschooled children really be prepared for tertiary education (if that's their goal)?
  • What role do I play in the education of my older teen unschoolers?
  • How do I record all their learning activities for homeschool registration purposes?

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing a review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on today's episode. Or just stop by to say hello!

 

podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

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111: Critics, Unschooling, and Independent Learners

This week, I'm talking about:

  • A new podcast series
  • A blog post series
  • My unschooling book-in-progress

 

I'm also sharing an unschooling story: Nurturing Independent Learners and chatting about it.

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing a review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on today's episode. Or just stop by to say hello!

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110: An Interview with a Teenage Radical Unschooler

Last week, I was chatting about radical unschooling. This week, I'm interviewing Sophie (16) who is a radical unschooler. If you're unsure about this way of life, perhaps our conversation will reassure you that radical unschoolers aren't wild and irresponsible!

This is a very lively interview. I hope you enjoy it!

In this episode, Sophie and I are chatting about:

  • her unschooling week
  • her part-time job
  • her passions and interests and where she hopes they will lead
  • the importance of parent-child friendships
  • how unschoolers are different
  • siblings and how to avoid rivalry and encourage strong bonds between brothers and sisters
  • how we can protect our kids without making rules
  • how she has developed a strong sense of right and wrong
  • mutual trust
  • how unschooled kids can be themselves both in front of their friends and when they are with their family 
  • Sophie's health and exercise challenge
  • our joint podcasting idea
  • and lots of other things!

 

Show Notes

 

Sophie's previous podcast episode

Episode 70: Trust, Respect and Love Unconditionally

 

Podcast music 

Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

Where you can find us

 

Sue

You'll find lots of unschooling posts in my archive on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

You can find me on Instagram at sue_elvis.

 

Imogen 

Please take a look at Imogen's latest music video, Symphony which is on her Youtube channel, Imogen Elvis.

You can also find Imogen on her Facebook page, Imogen Elvis. She livestreams with the Team on Thursday mornings, Australian time. 

 And please watch out for a new music video on Wednesday 18th October.

 

Sophie

You can find Sophie on Instagram at Sophie Elvis and The Technomaid.

 

Thank you

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! (Thank you, Samantha, for your recent review. Your very kind words were greatly appreciated!)

 

Would you like to continue the conversation?

Do you have unschooling teenagers? Are they different from most other young people? Do you make rules? And what about exercise? You could join us and accept Sophie's health and exercise challenge! I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences. You could stop by my blog and say hello!

 

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109: Why You Should Consider Radical Unschooling

This week, I'm discussing radical unschooling.

Do you unschool but don't like the sound of radically unschooling? Maybe you're convinced you'll never do it? If so, I hope to change your mind!

I'm pondering lots of questions including:

 

  • How did we end up becoming radical unschoolers (when I said we'd never do this)?
  • Are radical unschooling parents irresponsible? Or are the critics wrong?
  • How will our kids learn to do the things that are necessary and right if we don't make any rules?
  • Can anyone radically unschool? Or is radical unschooling associated with only a particular lifestyle?
  • Can Catholics unschool? 
  • How do we protect, care for and share our beliefs with our radically unschooled children?
  • Is it possible to let kids make their own choices and, at the same time, be confident that they will make the right choices?
  • What could happen if we force our kids to live by our rules?
  • Is it really okay if kids don't wash their hair and clean their teeth?
  • What is at the heart of a radical unschooling way of life?

 

Show Notes

 

Blog Posts

Rules, Responsible Parenting and Radical Unschooling

The 'Risky' Business of Trusting Children

How to Live Radically

 

Podcast music 

Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

Where you can find us

You'll find lots of unschooling posts in my archive on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

You might find me on Instagram at sue_elvis

Please take a look at Imogen's latest music video, Symphony and her Facebook page Imogen Elvis. Your interest and encouragement are appreciated!

 

Thank you

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

 

Would you like to continue the conversation?

Are you a radical unschooler? Did you make a conscious decision to adopt this way of life or did it happen naturally? If you are apprehensive about going along this pathway, what are your main concerns?  I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences. You could stop by my blog and say hello!

 

 

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108: How Kids (and Adults) Learn

This week, I'm telling some stories and chatting about how kids and adults learn:

  • What is the best motivation for learning?
  • Why do we persist using teaching methods that we know aren't working? Why do we waste our time?
  • Would more people unschool if there was no such thing as homeschool registration?
  • What bad habits have adults learnt that get in the way of learning?
  • Do other people's words have an effect on our inclination to learn?
  • When our kids are learning to read or spell, could we end up discouraging them instead of helping them?
  • Should we focus on what our kids can do instead of what they are unable to do?
  • What do kids need to know?
  • How do we ensure our kids have all the knowledge they will need for a successful future?
  • Does our lack of trust hurt our children?

 

Show Notes

 

Blog Posts

How Children Learn According to Sophie

Learning from My Children

Encourage or Discourage?

What Do Children Need to Learn?

Remembering to Trust

 

You'll find lots of unschooling posts in my archive on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

You might find me on Instagram at sue_elvis

Please take a look at Imogen's latest music video, Symphony and her Facebook page Imogen Elvis.

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

 

Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

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