Stories of an Unschooling Family

I share the LOVE and JOY of living an unschooling and gentle parenting way of life. I ponder ideas while telling family stories, chat to my unschoolers, and share strewing resources.

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Aug 11th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 12:17 pm

 

This week, I chat about some recent events in our lives and how I turned them into notes for my Evernote homeschool records book.

Along the way, I share lots of news and discuss the questions:

  • Should we give pocket money to our unschooling kids?
  • Should we buy our kids what they need to further their passions?
  • Should we expect our adult children to be part of our lives?
  • What will I speak about when I do my first Facebook Live?
  • Did I finish Camp NaNoWriMo? Do I now have a first draft of my unschooling book?
  • Why do I appear twice in Feedspot's list of their Top 50 Blogs and Websites for Unschoolers and Their Parents?

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes.

You could also join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

I'm on Instagram at sueelvis and storiesofanunschoolingfamily.

Thank you for listening. 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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Jul 21st, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 4:26 pm

I'm taking a short podcasting break while I work on my unschooling book. I hope you'll watch out for a new episode in a few weeks' time.

 

In the meantime, you might find some 'teasers' from my book on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family .

You'll find any news on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

And you might find me on Instagram at sueelvis and storiesofanunschoolingfamily.

Thank you for listening. I hope to be back very soon!

 

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

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Jul 7th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 7:52 am

This week, I'm discussing the following questions:

  • Is it okay to share our beliefs with our kids? Or should we try not to influence them but leave them to make up their own minds without any input from us?
  • If we do want to pass on our beliefs and values, how should we do this?
  • Normally, unschoolers don't make rules, but is it okay to make rules about issues that are of great importance to us?

 

I also talk about:

  • The real Sue
  • Our online friends who are going to become real life friends
  • The new addition to our family
  • My new Facebook group, Unschooling Collaborators
  • And some other family news

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes.

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

And I'm on Instagram at sueelvis and storiesofanunschoolingfamily.

Thank you for listening. And 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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Jun 30th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 6:10 pm

 

This week, I'm talking about:

  • Communication skills: Are we good communicators? Why is it important that we know how to communicate? What about our kids? How do they deal with people in the bigger world who fail to treat them with the respect and politeness they have come to expect?
  • Adult peer pressure: Do we sometimes make decisions based on our friends' opinions rather than our families' needs? If we do this, do we put our relationships with our kids at risk?
  • Rules: Do we need to make rules? Or are they ineffective? Do rules set us up for battles with our kids? 
  • Jeggings: Is it okay for a mother as old as me to wear them? And are my jeggings fitting more comfortable after a month of our great weight loss adventure?

 

As I talk, I share a few stories including one that was hard to write. 

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes.

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And 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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Jun 23rd, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 6:45 pm

This is the (hopefully) un-muddled version!

This week, I'm sharing my unschooling podcasting adventure. I talk about:

  • My first episode and why I nearly deleted it
  • Why we have to take risks
  • The future of this podcast

I also share:

  • a few resources while talking about Gilbert and Sullivan
  • my plans for Camp NaNoWriMo
  • my new Instagram adventure
  • and lots of other thoughts, ideas and stories!

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes.

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And 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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Jun 16th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 12:46 pm

This week, I continue the unschool maths conversation:

 

  • Can we force kids to learn things they don't want to know about?
  • What if we have to show evidence that our kids are learning maths for homeschool registration purposes?
  • Why should we sometimes put ourselves in our kids' shoes?
  • How can we become maths detectives?
  • What is wrong with most maths games?
  • Can we approach maths backwards?

 

I also share a few learning and maths blog posts and discuss the ideas in them:

Making Children Learn What They Don't Want to Know

Approaching Maths Backwards

Becoming Real Life Maths Detectives

Why Kids With Families Don't Need Workbooks to Learn Basic Maths Skills

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And 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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Jun 10th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 9:40 am

This week, I'm talking about:

  • uncomfortable ideas, the ones we think we'll never consider
  • how we sometimes deceive ourselves because we can't face the truth
  • our unschool maths story

 

I discuss the questions:

  • If our kids don't have formal maths notes to show, what can we put in our homeschool records books?
  • Is it okay to strew maths like we would science or history?
  • Is there a problem with some maths games?
  • Is there a problem with real life maths resources?
  • Can we call ourselves unschoolers if we don't unschool maths?

 

I also talk more about:

  • those times when life becomes overwhelming
  • how we can help each other when someone isn't coping
  • empathy and misbehaviour
  • our weight loss and fitness adventure

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And 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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Jun 2nd, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 3:28 pm

This week, I answer the following questions:

  • Why did I feel like an unschooling imposter?
  • Why is unschooling the perfect way of life even though life isn't perfect?
  • Why should we stop and reassess what we're doing every now and then?
  • What does Gemma-Rose's (13) day look like?
  • What is Sophie (16) doing at the moment?

I also talk about

 

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And 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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May 12th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 5:42 pm

This week, I share:

 

  • how I've been turning my 13-year-old daughter's unschooling learning experiences into homeschool records notes.
  • some of the resources she has been using

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes. 

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And 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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May 5th, 2017 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 9:52 am

These are a few of the things I'm talking about this week:

  • Siblings
  • Acceptance
  • Encouragement
  • Labels
  • Boys
  • The joy of giving
  • Essay writing

 

I tell lots of stories and share my new free ebook Unschool Reading

 

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes. 

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And 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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