The Best Day Ever

The Best Day Ever

Some people are afraid that if children don’t have rules, if they aren’t restricted, and if parents care too much about helping them get the things that they want- that the child will be “spoiled.”

But imagine this: What if a child could have 365 days a year of “best […]

A Typical Day

a typical unschooling superhero

typical unschooling superheroes

Q: Is there such a thing as a typical unschooling day?

A: Not even a little tiny bit.


So instead today you can hear about one of Janine’s typically atypical unschooling days.



Music credit goes to Philly superhero Jake Snyder.




Principles and priorities (rather than rules) create the framework by which unschooling can work.

When you’re saying Yes or No or Maybe – the big gigantic question is WHY. This can help with decisions about how to be with your kids and probably with decisions about everything else too.

And there is lots more […]


strewing their paths with interesting things

Back in ancient times (before aol!) someone asked Sandra Dodd how her kids learned things without a curriculum.

She answered: “I just strew their paths with interesting things.”

And the term “strewing” was born.

Today we hear more about this idea from Sandra, and also from expert strewers Deb Rossing, Katie O’Connor and Pam […]

Unschooling as Personal Growth

unschooling as personal growth

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 […]

Unschooling as Global Change


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 […]

Gaps and Behind


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 […]


the childs family at mount rainier

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 […]



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.


Extra Bits


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 support

For many people, unschooling doesn’t come naturally.

This is because most of us were raised in ways that are in direct opposition to the principles of unschooling. Starting in infancy, we absorb beliefs like “my wants and needs are wrong,” “I don’t know what’s best for me,” and “people cannot be trusted.”

After assimilating these […]

Dar a luz a nós mesmos, aos nossos filhos, e ao nosso mundo

life learning

Desenvolver o unschooling pode ser uma jornada solitária, doída e turbulenta. Pode parecer estranho para aqueles que são iniciantes ao conceito, escutar que criar uma vida baseada em liberdade, confiança e diversão, muitas vezes incluem horas de profunda angústia, vergonha e medo. Mesmo assim, a maioria dos unschoolers descrevem a sua transição ao unschooling como […]