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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Oct 25th, 2015 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 9:51 pm

This week, my 14-year-old daughter Sophie joins me to talk about being different. She answers the following questions in her usual lively way:

  • In what ways are you different?
  • Do you like being different?
  • Is there an advantage to being different?
  • Even though you don't fit in with the crowd, do you still have a need to belong?
I also talk about how tricky it can be recommending resources. 
  • What if someone thinks one of my resources is totally unsuitable for children?
  • Are we affected by adult peer pressure when deciding whether something is child suitable or not?
  • Do parents have a need to feel accepted and approved of?
Even though there is always the possibility I might be criticised for my choices, I did share some resources! 
You can find me and the podcast notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.
You can find my children's novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon (and other places).
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Oct 16th, 2015 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 3:24 am
This week I answer the following questions:
  • What mistake have I been making when strewing for my youngest daughter Gemma-Rose?
  • What do we do when a child seems not to want our help?
  • What criteria do we use when deciding if unschooling is successful?
  • When did I go splat and embarrass myself?
  • What does 'cowboy up' mean?
  • What Pinterest board did someone pin my blog post 'Bite-Sized Pieces of Unschool Maths'? to

I told a lot of stories in this episode, but I did manage to squeeze in a resource segment too!

The podcast notes are on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family

My children's novel is called The Angels of Abbey Creek

And the podcast music is 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)!

Thanks for listening!

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Oct 11th, 2015 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 10:32 pm

In this week's episode, I...

  • explain why my legs are aching. (I'm sharing my daughter Sophie's latest passion!)
  • ask a question about exercise which I hope you'll answer
  • chat about social media
  • share a few resources and tell you where you can find lots more

You can find the notes on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family.

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Oct 5th, 2015 by storiesofanunschoolingfamily at 1:11 am

In this week's episode, 

  • I talk about how we unschool even though our children are legally required to follow the school syllabus.
  • I describe a method for recording unschooling in an impressive way
  • I share how I translate natural learning into the necessary educational language for registration purposes
  • and how I work out what the official documents such as the school syllabus actually mean
  • I discuss what we can do if a child refuses to learn something that's required by the educational authorities
  • I offer a few positives (!) of homeschool registration
  • and also some examples of how I record unschool learning experiences
I use the words 'syllabus' and 'curriculum' interchangeably and wrongly, I'm sure! (I think you'll still get the idea.)
I also made a mistake about the required hours of schooling. My number was too low.
I can't go back and fix up my mistakes: I had to work quickly on a borrowed computer and unfortunately I've run out of time. Sorry!
If you are interested in homeschool registration resources, you'll find lots of relevant posts, videos and other podcasts on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family
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