Swimming came up very early on in our unschooling journey…you can read more about the disaster zone that was our attempt at structured toddler swimming lessons by clicking here. To save you the expense and hassle of a similar experience I wanted to share with you how straightforward it can be for children to learn […]Read More How Unschoolers Learn to Swim
The Autumn Equinox (around the 23rd September) is a time of balance, where the hours of day light and night are equal in length. The Sun has positioned itself exactly above the equator between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. When you live a lot of the year in hot sunshine and subtle season changes it […]Read More What to do with all those Autumn Nature Treasures?
In our pretend parenting book there is no such thing as a bad word, it’s all about how you use it. Swear words are a funny thing, accidentally utter one in front of Grandma and everyone shrinks back in horror like you have unleashed a real life weapon. But what harm does it actually cause […]Read More Why We Don’t Mind Our Children Using Swear Words
As a family we pretty much went from one extreme to the other whilst trying out different methods for learning to swim. When our first child was born, we were surrounded by beautiful images in the birthing centre of floating babies photographed in water attending swimming ‘lessons’ from only a few months old. We fell […]Read More Our Toddler Swimming Lesson Fail!!
The Oxford Dictionary offers the definition of the word ‘curriculum’ as the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college. Have you ever wondered what this word means? Where does it come from? Who creates a curriculum? Why do we need one? When I first asked myself this question, I thought I […]Read More What is a Curriculum Anyway?
We love the freedom, individuality and creativity that unschooling allows. However I am quite sure that it doesn’t suit every child or family, this is not an attempt to convert anyone over to our way of thinking. This is list of answers, with some beautifully written quotes that we use to fend off those awkward […]Read More Our Top 6 Favourite Answers to Those Awkward Questions about Unschooling.
So by definition everyone who takes on the freedom of the unschooling approach will do it differently. Likewise every day for us as a family is different. There is usually a certain ebb and flow to our days though that I will try and share with you. We sleep until we are not tired, awakening […]Read More An Average Day of Unschooling, Vanlife Style.
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. ” – Albert Einstein The sweetest most well meaning thing that people say when they meet us travelling with our 2 and 4 year old is ‘aw…such a beautiful age’ & ‘great time […]Read More The Magic of Unschooling.
“Are you afraid of inner child inside of you, underneath your skin or even under your bed? Don’t be. It’s not there to hunt or scare you. It’s there to show you, the real you. Laughing, playing and making life joyful” – Sand sculpture by Ludo Roders. Watching our youngest today in the tub playing […]Read More Ways to Embrace Your Inner Child
As a family I think we are all agreed that the magic involved with the celebration of Samhain in Autumn means a lot more to us then any other festive time throughout the year. We love to be outdoors in nature at all times of the year and October is no different. When we were […]Read More Out in the Woods for Samhain Van Schooling