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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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107: Is Unschooling for Everyone?

A note before you listen to this week's episode:

Episode 107 is only a conversation starter. I'm sure my thoughts are incomplete...

Sometimes we have to work at jobs that we’d rather not do because we have families to support. My husband Andy was in this situation for many years so I understand how it might not seem possible to resign from such a job to follow a dream. However, perhaps there’s still room in our lives for a little unschooling. We might find a way to use our talents in whatever kind of job we have. Maybe we can watch out for an opportunity to turn down a different pathway. Whatever we do, we need to keep learning and keep striving to be the people we are meant to be… just like our kids.

Yes, this week I'm asking:

Is unschooling for everyone? Can anyone unschool? Should we all, whatever our situations, live an unschooling way of life?

Also:

Why do most of us have a need for 'likes'? Why is our self-worth dependent on the opinions of other people? And is it different for our unschooling kids?

Should parents be friends with their kids? Is it okay for parents to demand obedience? Or does obedience, no questions allowed, destroy the connection between parent and child?

 

Show Notes

Nancy Shuman

Blogs:

The Cloistered Heart

The Breadbox Letters

Book:

The Cloistered Heart

 

 

Imogen Elvis

Youtube

Facebook

The Rains of Castamere music video

 

Podcast

Episode 91: How Unschooling is About Being Connected with Our Kids

 

My blog is Stories of an Unschooling Family.

You might find me on Instagram at sue_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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106: Changes

 

This week, I'm talking about changes both in my online and offline lives.

I'm sharing:

  • Some further thoughts on kids, screen time and Internet usage
  • The future of my unschooling blog and podcast
  • A few resources
  • More about learning from life
  • Some family news including the fur coat story

 

Show Notes

 

Blog Posts

Is it Really Okay to Give Unschooling Kids Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet

Why This is the End of the Line for Me

Why Becoming an Ex-Unschooling Blogger is a Bit Scary

 

Michael Mosley Resources

The Truth About Sleep

The Truth About Exercise

Guts

Infested

Eat, Fast, and Live Longer

 

Imogen Elvis

Youtube

Facebook

The Rains of Castamere music video

 

I apologise for the 'different' sound quality. I forgot to check the mic settings before I started recording and the podcast was recorded with my computer's internal mic instead of my USB one. I think the audio is clear, but maybe I sound like I'm in my bathroom! 

 

My blog is Stories of an Unschooling Family.

You might find me on Instagram at sue_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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