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August 30, 2015  

40: A Bit of Murder in Our Typical Unschooling Day

This week I talk about:


  • My first year as a podcaster: Why did I nearly delete my very first episode? And why is it important I don't worry about the opinions of others?
  • A typical unschooling day: Do our days have rhythm? Or are they wildly unpredictable?
  • Two tips for joyful unschooling: (I offer them, but you are free to reject them!)
  • What we should do if our children reject our strewing
  • Some science and maths resources I discovered
Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family where I'll post some program notes.
August 23, 2015  

39: How I Made a ‘Huge’ Mistake and Was Forgiven

In this week's episode:

  • I tell you about a 'huge' mistake I made
  • And how that mistake turned into a story about forgiveness, love and joyful unschooling
  • I also share some updates  for some earlier stories
  • And lots of interesting resources!

I made a couple of small mistakes while making this episode: (I've made a lot of mistakes recently!)

  • I turned Mary Anne Cotton into Anne Cotton.
  • And something went wrong with a tiny section of the audio. Please keep listening. It only lasts for a few seconds!

Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

The podcast notes can be found on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.


August 17, 2015  

38: Is Unschooling Just Living Life?

In this week's episode, I discuss the following questions:

  • Is unschooling just living life?
  • Or is there more to unschooling than that?
  • What if life is too quiet or too busy or there's a crisis?
  • Has unschooling changed as my children have grown older?
  • Did Charlotte (17) give herself a good education?
  • Was she prepared for tertiary learning? 
  • Or should I have supervised the last year or so of her high school years?
  • Am I a proud mother?
  • Is it possible for siblings to successfully teach siblings?
  • And should we push children to develop and use their talents if they are not motivated to do this themselves?

I also share my latest resource discoveries!.

You'll find the program notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling FamilyI hope you'll listen to this week's episode! 



August 10, 2015  

37: Books, Weddings and Lots of Passion!

This week I talk about:


  • our preparations for my son Callum’s wedding
  • my new favourite website that I will still love when I’m a yummy granny!
  • the perfect wedding present I’ve chosen
  • how my family helped me produce a new edition of my children’s novel
  • how unschooling children love to share ideas, talents and their help
  • the new blog page I’ve created for unschooling author Suzie Andres 
  • some great free resources that can be found online
  • how wonderful it is watching children involved with their passions
  • my daughter Charlotte’s university experience: how did she get on writing her very first essay?
Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the podcast notes, and to see Suzie Andres' new page! You can also find me on my Facebook Page.

Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)













August 2, 2015  

36: Encouraging Kids to Write (and the Youngest Child in the Family)

Some of the things I talk about this week include:
  • Do youngest children have a privileged position in the family?
  • Or do they have things harder than people might imagine?
  • Did my eldest child suffer because she had an inexperienced mother?
  • Can youngest children have an advantage when it comes to learning?
  • How can we encourage children to write?
  • What about spelling?
  • And handwriting?
  • And what if a child, despite our efforts, just doesn't want to write?
You'll find relevant blog posts and other program notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family. And you'll also find me on my Facebook page of the same name!
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