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November 30, 2018  

142: An Unschooler Talks About Life, Work and Dreams

This week, my teenage daughter Sophie (17) joins me to talk about:

  • How she balances her busy unschooling life with work
  • Why it's important to trust kids and not squash their ambitions
  • Why she is choosing not to go to university
  • Sophie's dream to be self-employed and how she plans to achieve it
  • How a lot of people react when they hear Sophie is working full time in a cafe
  • NaNoWriMo events and making friends
  • How we need to believe in our kids and cheer them on

 

Show Notes

Podcasts

Episode 133, A Balanced and Productive Unschool Life

Episode 139, Unschool Socialisation: Making Friends, Being Different

 

Instagram

Sophie Elvis

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Sue Elvis

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November 23, 2018  

141: When a Child Is No Longer Gripped by a Passion

This week, I'm answering the question: "Have your kids ever been between interests?"

I talk about:

  • Exciting times when kids are gripped by a passion
  • Quiet times when they appear to be drifting along
  • How we can help our kids during quiet times by trusting and strewing
  • Some strewing ideas

 

Show Notes

Blog Posts

When Excitement for Learning Appears to Disappear

Regaining Her Enthusiasm for Learning

Preparing our Kids for an Unknown Future: Can We Do It? 

What Happened When I Strewed a Painting on the Wall

Unschooling, Strewing, and Unplanning

My Unschool Unplanning Strewing Notebook

 

Podcasts

Episode 4: Exciting Times, Slow Times, and Unschool Holidays

Episode 83: How to Start a Great Art Conversation

 

Novel Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo

 

Coding Lessons

Codecademy

 

 Youtube Exercise Channel

Fitness Blender

 

My Unschooling Newsletter

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Instagram

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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. Perhaps you have a question or topic you'd like me to discuss. Or just stop by and say hello. And join me on Instagram!

November 16, 2018  

140: Difficult Things

This week, I'm talking about things that are sometimes difficult:

  • Letting kids do what they want even if there is a risk of failure
  • Taking risks so that we continue to learn
  • Not pushing kids to use their talents
  • Balancing the role of school teacher with that of unschooling father
  • Talking to reluctant spouses about a desire to unschool
  • Listening and building up trust
  • Writing a 50,000-word novel
  • Losing a child
  • Reaching out to those who are grieving

 

Show Notes

 

Pam Laricchia's Podcast

Exploring Unschooling

Episode 150 of the Exploring Unschooling Podcast: Stories of an Unschooling Family with Sue Elvis

 

Novel Writing

NaNoWriMo

 

Instagram

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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!

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November 2, 2018  

139: Unschool Socialisation: Making Friends, Being Different

This week, I'm talking about unschooling and friends.

  • Is it sometimes difficult for unschoolers to find kindred spirit friends because we're different?
  • What if our kids don't have many friends?
  • If someone doesn't want to be our friend, is there something wrong with us?
  • How do you become a cool kid?
  • Should we pretend to be someone we're not so that we'll be accepted and have friends?
  • Or is it better to be ourselves?
  • Do we need lots of friends in order to learn good communication skills and how to get on with other people? 
  • Or maybe some 'socialised' people who have no trouble talking don't actually have many communication skills?

Of course, some unschoolers may be part of big unschooling groups and have no trouble finding like-minded friends!

I'm also talking about

  • NaNoWriMo and friends
  • My unschooling book
  • How I stepped outside my comfort zone and had an exciting adventure!

 

Show Notes

 

Podcast

Episode 48: Do Unschoolers Mind Being Different

 

Novel Writing

NaNoWriMo

 

Video

Gemma-Rose (9) Talks about Novel Writing

 

Pam Laricchia's Podcast

Exploring Unschooling

 

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 just stop by and say hello. And join me on Instagram!

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