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102: Sharing Our Values and Beliefs with Our Unschooled Children

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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101: Adult Peer Pressure, Clothes, Rules and Compassion

 

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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100: My Unschooling Podcast Adventure

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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99: Real Life Family Unschool Maths

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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98: Unschool Maths and Uncomfortable Ideas

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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