Clips from interviews with Sandra Dodd that didn’t get put elsewhere.
Today’s show is made up of random bits and pieces that didn’t go anywhere else.
Abigail Larrison talks about her neuroscience research about emotional learning systems, dopamine, about the importance of daydreaming, and of making mistakes.
Ama Mazama talks about the challenges that homeschoolers (and black homeschoolers in particular) face.
Ben Lovejoy says [...]
Unschooling can repair the damage done by traditional parenting and schooling approaches.
Today we hear stories of healing from Kayla Childs, Tanya Marinelli, Teresa Graham Brett, Sandra Dodd, Leah Rose and Janine D.[...]
yet again, Kayla says something funny…..
One of the biggest differences between my pre- and post-deschooling days was the amount of laughter I shared with my kids. While my kids were in school, we could easily go several days without laughing together. When we were unschooling, hardly an hour would go by without a [...]
How does unschooling affect sibling dynamics?
Daniele says unschooling helps her different children to get the different things that they want and need.
Sandra didn’t want to make a rule against hitting, and encourages parents to help siblings work things out.
Rose and her two sisters fought when they were little and now they’re [...]
The word unschooling: where did it come from and where is it going?
Today we hear thoughts about the words unschooling and radical, and as well as some alternate terms for this educational path, from unschooling enthusiasts Ben Hewitt, Rick Rossing, Robyn Coburn, Sandra Dodd and Sue Patterson.
And thanks go out to Jonny [...]
If children don’t follow a set curriculum, won’t they have “gaps” in their education and fall “behind?”
Let’s ask some unschoolers what they think.
Colleen has many degrees AND many gaps in her knowledge.
Jessica’s 15 yo son is enrolled in UC Berkeley in spite of his education “gaps.”
Robin is glad her “late [...]
What do unschoolers do when their lives are challenged in unforeseen ways? Are kids better off in school during times of hardship or crisis?
Today we hear from some families who kept unschooling through hard times.
April’s family dealt with mental health challenges and then the death of a son.
Marietta’s family unschooled [...]
Miro and Lainie
For many people, unschooling as a single parent would be way too hard.
But today we hear from some “solo mums” who are unschooling successfully with lots of joy, learning and partnership.
Katie O’Connor is co-director of the Talking Stick Learning Center.
Danielle Owens is on the board of DrMomma.org [...]
Just to be clear, THIS is a picture of a SUPPORTIVE grandpa
What can unschoolers do about less-than-supportive friends, neighbors and relatives?
Alex Polikowsky gives Grandma something to brag about.
Pam Laricchia offers ways to prepare for family gatherings.
Sandra Dodd always has lots of tips and tricks for living more joyfully.
James and Jayne Coburn
Words of wisdom from unschooling dads.
Ben Hewitt loves spending time with his sons.
Chris Cabatic started his journey with attachment parenting.
Rick Rossing reveals the Secret Society of Unschooling Dads.
James Daniel gives mums a crash-course on dadspeak.
James Coburn and Ben Lovejoy say that most of all [...]
Quitting and learning; learning and quitting.
Alex Polikowsky has quit lots of things and doesn’t consider herself a quitter. (Sidenote: even though her kids are always allowed to quit, her daughter Gigi has loved doing chores ever since she was one year old.)
Ben Lovejoy quit the military three times, which made it possible [...]
Me, Rachel and our lovely teenage (at the time) daughters
How do unschoolers do “sex education?”
Lainie Liberti “Sexuality is a huge part of our experience as human beings on this planet… there’s no reason to deny or be embarrassed or have shame around it…”
Robyn Coburn “It’s not one conversation that you have…”[...]
Nina’s family on top of the tallest building in the world
Miro in the Amazon
The flexibility of a homeschooling lifestyle makes it possible for families to travel and learn all over the place.
Maybe these travelers can inspire us to realize the whole world is our classroom and that wherever we go [...]
photo by Penny Hewitt
Today we hear about danger and safety from Ben Hewitt, Sandra Dodd, Renee Cabatic, Gever Tulley and Lenore Skenazy.
For a longer version of the interview with Gever Tulley click here.[...]
Can unschooling make the world a better place?
Gillian Goddard says the way we treat children is the training ground for victim behavior and perpetrator behavior.
Teresa Graham Brett says “the children in my life have challenged me to live according to the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent and human [...]
One of the hidden benefits to unschooling is that it can help parents learn, heal and grow.
Ben Hewitt (a “high school dropout” and author of many books including Home Grown) is gaining self-confidence and growing his patience.
Katie O’Connor (director of Talking Stick Learning Center) is unlearning old beliefs and expanding her curiosity [...]
Sometimes people say “Unschooling isn’t working for my child” or they say, “We tried unschooling but it didn’t work.”
I asked Sandra Dodd, Nina Haley and Sue Patterson: When, why and how does unschooling fail?[...]
Today we hear how unschoolers find and build community from veteran unschoolers Rose Sorooshian, Sandra Dodd and Sue Patterson.
Ama Mazama, Ph.D., is an African American Studies scholar at Temple University. She has published 14 books, most recently African Americans and Homeschooling: Motivations, Challenges, and Opportunities.
She is also the mother of two home-educated children.
Today we hear why she believes homeschooling to be the best educational option for African American [...]