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120: Unschooling and University: Learning from Our Own Experiences

This week, I'm sharing my husband Andy's and my university experiences, and what we learnt from them:

 

The Opportunity to Discover, the Freedom to Learn

My Dean's Medallist of a Husband

 

I discuss the following questions:

 

Can unschooled children study successfully at university?

What is the best motivation for successful learning?

Should unschooling teenagers be allowed to continue exploring their interests?

Or should we structure their education in the final years so that they are prepared for university?

Is it ever too late to follow our dreams?

Is it ever too late to learn new skills?

 

Something I didn't mention: If a child knows what she wants to do, making a plan in order to achieve that goal seems to be a sensible thing to do. My daughter Imogen made a plan for getting into university. And it was successful.

 

My Youtube Videos:

Imogen Talks About Unschooling

From Unschooling to University and Work (Part 1)

From Unschooling to University and Work (Part 2)

 

Unschooling and university is a big topic. I didn't cover all aspects of it in this podcast, but maybe I offered a few ideas we can discuss.

 

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!

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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119: When Unschooling Kids Reach the Teenage Years

This week, I'm talking about:

  • The progress of my unschooling book
  • How unschooling transforms families
  • Duty and love
  • Supporting young adults
  • How it's hard to admit mistakes and change what we're doing
  • How it's never too late to unschool
  • Possible reasons why there's a shortage of older unschooling bloggers
  • Why we don't need to make rules for our teenagers in order to keep them safe from the dangers of the world

 

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!

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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118: Dragon Mothers and Parenting Mistakes

 

This week, I'm talking about the times when we don't like who we are and the way we're parenting our kids. I answer the following questions:

  • How did I get the nickname The Dragon Mother?
  • How did I get on top of my quick-temper and become a more calm and patient mother?
  • Am I now a perfect mother or do I still make mistakes?
  • How did my first child cope with her inexperienced dragon mother? Was she irreversibly affected by my far-from-perfect parenting?
  • Do we actually need to be perfect parents?
  • Is the unschooling life perfect?

 

I also tell a lot of stories during this episode.

 

Show Notes

 

Blog posts

Confessions of a Former Quick-Tempered Mother

Memories of an Inexperienced Mother

An Unschooling Imposter

 

Imogen

Youtube channel, Imogen Elvis.

Facebook: Imogen Elvis

Instagram: Imogen Elvis

Imogen's Mad World music video

The Mad World behind-the-scenes video

 

Podcast music 

Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing a review or rating this episode 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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117: Christian Unschooling and Other Things

This week, I'm talking about:

  • Christmas in summer
  • Evernote planners
  • My blogging/podcasting plans for 2018
  • Christian unschooling
  • My faith story
  • Being open-minded
  • Doing the impossible
  • Letting go of control
  • How life can change in a moment
  • Snakes
  • Family news

 

Show Notes

 

Blog posts

Bringing God into the Unschooling Picture

Letting Go of Control

An Impossible Adventure

 

Imogen

Youtube channel, Imogen Elvis.

Facebook: Imogen Elvis

Instagram: Imogen Elvis

 

My Youtube channel

Sue Elvis

 

Podcast music 

Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

 

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing a review or rating this episode 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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116: Why it’s Important to Allow Kids to Follow Their Passions and Interests

 

This week, I'm discussing the following questions:

  • Does planning have any place in unschooling?
  • Can we make attractive planners using Evernote?
  • Will I continue my Evernote workshop series?
  • How does balance fit into an unschooling life?
  • Why is it very important that we let our kids follow their passions and interests?
  • Is it okay to acknowledge our kids' talents?
  • Can we praise our kids?
  • Are we obliged to develop and use our own talents?
  • Can reality, lifestyle and documentary TV series provide us with lots of wonderful learning experiences?
  • How do we make homeschool record notes about TV shows we've watched?

 

Show Notes

 

My Evernote workshop series

50 Coloured Evernote Background Note Templates (to download)

Evernote and homeschool record keeping

My unschooling book series

Are We Incomplete Without Our Interests and Passions?

Should Unschooled Kids Live Balanced Lives? 

Unschooling Sausages

The Big Painting Challenge (episodes available on Youtube at time of posting)

Blog posts about The Big Painting Challenge

Imogen Elvis on Youtube

 

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

 

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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