Reschooling Posts // February 26 - March 4, 2023
March 3, 2023 from Let ‘em Go Barefoot
Is it time to break-up with traditional school?
Creative Online Craft Lessons Perfect For Your Homeschool
March 2, 2023 from Different By Design Learning
Online homeschool craft lessons are an excellent way to infuse life skills and fun into your child’s education. Learn more about the value of this approach in your homeschool, and how the Makers Club Membership from Elevation Handmade makes handicrafts accessible and easy for kids of all ages.
Be Brave and The Unschool Challenge
March 3, 2023 from Stories of an Unschooling Family
Sometimes we have to be brave, don’t we? We might need to ignore people’s opinions and possible criticism and do whatever fulfils the needs of our kids. We could need courage to ignore our fears about how our work will be received and go out there, use our talents and fulfil our dreams.
Bringing It Home: Navigating Lessons, Episode 343
March 2, 2023 from Living Joyfully with Unschooling
This week on the Exploring Unschooling Podcast, we're diving into another Bringing It Home episode. We’re looking deeper at our last Unschooling “Rules” topic, that unschoolers don't use curriculum, and exploring what it can look like to navigate lessons and adult-led activities with our unschooling families.
Does Homeschooling Develop Resilience?
March 1, 2023 from Stark Raving Dad
How do you respond to people saying: “life is hard – if you don’t force your child to do things they don’t want to do, how will they be prepared for life?” A reader sent in this question, and I felt it deserved a full post because...there’s a lot to unpack here. Firstly, this idea: I had it hard, and I turned out alright, so you – and everyone else – should have to go through that too.
Create a Custom Homeschool
March 1, 2023 from Raising Lifelong Learners
Many of us homeschool moms began this homeschooling journey in the first place because we knew our quirky and differently-wired kiddos needed something unique to support their academic success. Maybe traditional school wasn’t a good fit for your students.
#37 The natural joy of living in partnership with young children, with Lou Westall in Brighton, UK
Feb 28, 2023 from The Unschool Space
My guest today is Lou Westall, who lives in Brighton, in the UK, (though she was travelling in South Africa when we recorded this episode). Lou and her husband have two daughters, who are 6 and 8. They had never considered home education until their eldest daughter began school, and things just didn’t feel quite, particularly regarding the early approach to academic subjects.
How Homeschooling Affected My Life
Feb 28, 2023 from Honey! I’m Homeschooling the Kids
Amanda Schenkenberger is a grown homeschooler that now homeschools her own 4 children. She is also a homeschool coach and mentor to moms that are busy trying to find more joy and less anxiety in homeschooling. You can connect with Amanda and access her support through her website, moms.heartsmarthomeschool.com
The Basics Are The Most Difficult With Neurodiversity
Feb 27, 2023 from Different By Design Learning
My son showed me exactly how he planned to install a CPU into his computer yesterday. (If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. You are in good company. I listen to my son tell me all about computer parts for most of the day, every day, and I am still not 100% sure I know what it really is.)
Well Done! The Dark Side of Praise
Feb 27, 2023 from Think Again
Parents are often told to praise their children. ‘Catch them behaving well!’ they’re told. ‘Tell them how proud you are of their good choices!’. It sounds innocuous – who could argue with praise? Positive, reinforcing, feel-good – surely an all-round nice thing? So it’s a mystery to parents when children come along whose response to praise is the opposite to what they expected.
Creative Thinking Activities for Kids
Feb 27, 2023 from Raising Lifelong Learners
Creative thinking is a crucial skill for kids of all ages. Teachers and parents need to include critical, creative, and logical thinking games, activities, and puzzles into their teaching and conversations with children. No matter how old a child is, he or she will benefit from this.
My New Book: The Unschool Challenge
Feb 27, 2023 from Stories of an Unschooling Family
I have some big news: I’ve finished and published my third unschooling book, The Unschool Challenge, and it’s now available on Amazon! My author copies of my new book arrived the day before my daughter, Charlotte, and I set off for the coast for a special mother-daughter holiday. I packed The Unschool Challenge, with its distinctive green cover, into my bag, with my beach towels, sunscreen and swimmers!
Feb 26, 2023 from Swimming Upstream
Mornings are slow. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes stressfully. Sometimes it takes me half an hour to make a cup of coffee because I get distracted between each step. Boil water. Check email. Clean the pour over strainer. Read a newsletter. Grind beans. Pour water. Pick up laundry. Add some honey. Forget the cup on the counter for ten minutes while I find a podcast for later in the day.
Interest-Led Learning: What About the Basics?
Feb 26, 2023 from Happiness is Here
I made this outfit for my daughter for her birthday recently. It’s a tradition now. I make each of them something special on their birthdays and that’s the outfit we take special birthday photos in. I have only learned to sew over the last few years, and this is why. Because I wanted to make them things! I’m so happy I can now. I think I could make pretty much anything at this stage. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about how I learned this skill.
Library Sign: “Police May Be Called if a Child Under 15 Is Not Accompanied by an Adult”
Feb 26, 2023 from Free Range Kids
A reader in Corpus Christi sent us this sign from her local library. It’s kind of hard to read, thanks to the glare (and I’m glaring myself!). But after warning that no children can be there during school hours — I guess homeschoolers should avoid the place? — it says that at all OTHER times: “Police may be called if a child under 15 is not accompanied by an adult or older sibling.”