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149: My Unschooler’s Homeschool Registration Visit

This week, I'm sharing details of my daughter Gemma-Rose's homeschool registration visit. I discuss the following questions:

  • Can registered homeschoolers unschool?
  • How do we write homeschool plans when we don't know what our unschooling kids will be interested in?
  • How can we fulfil homeschooling registration requirements without forcing kids to learn things they're not interested in? 
  • Is forced learning real learning?

I also talk about:

  • How we might be tempted to push our kids to use their talents or extend their interests.
  • How kids can surprise us. They're often not like us. They do things on their own timetables and not ours.

And I share my latest unschooling book news.

 

Show Notes

Podcasts

Episode 27: The Tricky Business of Registering an Unschooler as a Homeschooler

Episode 45: How Registered Homeschoolers Can Unschool

 

Blog Posts

My homeschool registration and record keeping posts

 

Youtube

Sue Elvis

 

Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

 

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. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. You could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

148: Our Writing Unrules for Unschoolers

This week, my daughter Imogen and I are chatting about unschool writing. How do unschoolers learn to write? We share my writing unrules which are based on my observations of my children who all love writing.

We talk about:

  • Imogen's writing story: how she learnt to write, her university degree, how she is turning her passion for writing into YA novels
  • How free play is the foundation for creative writing
  • How drawing is a form of writing
  • How we learn by following someone else's example
  • How motivation for writing must come from within a child
  • Books and reading
  • How English workbooks are unnecessary
  • The progress of my unschooling books
  • And lots more!

 

Show Notes

 

Imogen Elvis

Website

Write.Rewrite.Read

Youtube

Write. Rewrite. Read

Imogen's novel

The Crystal Tree

Instagram

Write. Rewrite. Read

 

Podcasts

Homeschool Solutions with Pam Barnhill

Episode 150 of the Exploring Unschooling podcast with Pam Laricchia.

 

Books and Authors Mentioned

Jackie French

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Rick Riordan

Alice in Wonderful by Lewis Carrol

 

My Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

 

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. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything we talked about in this episode. You could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

 

147: A Big Chat About Unschooling Teenagers

My daughters Imogen and Sophie join me to talk about unschooling teenagers:

  • What do teenagers need?
  • Should parents introduce more structured learning during the high school years?
  • Or do teenagers need to be free to continue to explore their passions?
  • What should we do if a teenager doesn't appear to have any particular passions?
  • What about university?
  • Do parents keep teenagers safe by keeping a tight hold on them? Is this the responsible thing to do?
  • Or do we keep teenagers safe by giving them their freedom to discover who they are?
  • Should parents be friends with their teenagers?
  • Is it never too late to build close relationships with our teenagers?
  • Is it essential we do this?

These are just a few of the many questions we discuss during our big chat about unschooling teenagers!

 

Show Notes

 

Imogen Elvis

Website

Write.Rewrite.Read

Youtube

Write. Rewrite. Read

Imogen's novel

The Crystal Tree

 

Sophie Elvis

Instagram

thetechnomaid

tough.turtle

Youtube

Sophie Elvis

 

My Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

 

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. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything we talked about in this episode. You could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

146: Finding Unschooling in Unexpected Places and Other Things

This week my daughters Imogen and Sophie join me to talk about:

  • Imogen’s novel ‘The Crystal Tree’ and its sequel ‘The Shattering Song’
  • YA or Young Adult novels
  • Imogen’s book review videos
  • How parents hold the key to a child’s happiness
  • How some parents push their kids to fulfil their own dreams
  • The YA novel ‘A Thousand Perfect Notes’
  • Imogen’s opinion of my first unschooling book ‘Curious Unschoolers’
  • How we’re getting on with the formatting and publishing of my unschooling book 
  • A progress report for my second unschooling book ‘A Radical Unschool Love’
  • How Sophie is teaching Imogen photography
  • The joy of sharing passions
  • Creativity and learning 
  • How we all have bad days
  • How our family isn’t perfect
  • Sophie’s new job
  • Sophie’s transition from unschooling to structured learning
  • Sophie’s beta personal training clients
  • How it can be difficult for parents to accept help and advice from their children
  • How kids can outlearn their parents

 

Show Notes

 

A Novel

A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews

 

Imogen Elvis

Youtube

Write. Rewrite. Read

Imogen's novel

The Crystal Tree

Instagram

Write. Rewrite. Read

Website

Write. Rewrite. Read

 

Sophie Elvis

Instagram

thetechnomaid

tough.turtle

Youtube

Sophie Elvis

 

My Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

 

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. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or you could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

 

145: Taking the Unschooling Yeti for a Test Drive

This week, my teenager Sophie joins me to test drive my new Yeti mic! Hopefully, our conversation sounds good!

We talk about:

  • Sophie's vlogging plans
  • Encouraging children's ideas
  • How we shouldn't be afraid to try new things
  • The temptation to edit our pasts and rewrite our stories
  • The temptation to delete early blog posts to eliminate our unschooling mistakes
  • The problem of looking like we've never made any mistakes
  • How we can impact other people's lives in a positive way
  • Do I have an online persona?
  • How we can capture our life stories
  • How choosing the right gift can make a difference to the receiver's life
  • Planning our year instead of making New Year's Resolutions
  • Things I want to achieve in 2019
  • My unschooling book news
  • Things Sophie wants to achieve this year

 

Show Notes

 

Imogen Elvis

Youtube

Imogen Elvis

Imogen's novel

The Crystal Tree

 

Sophie Elvis

Instagram

thetechnomaid

tough.turtle

Youtube

Sophie Elvis

 

My Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

My Unschooling Newsletter

Subscribe

 

Philip Mott's Podcast

School's Out

 

Sallie Borrink's Blog Post

Should Bloggers Edit Their Past

 

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. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or you could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

Perhaps you have a question or topic you'd like me to discuss in a future podcast episode. Please let me know so that I can add it to my planning notes for next year.