Birthing Our Selves, Our Children, and Our World

Growing into unschooling can be a bumpy, painful and lonely journey. It might surprise those new to the concept of unschooling, to hear that developing a life wholly based in freedom, trust and fun, often includes times of deep angst, shame and fear. Yet a majority of new unschoolers do describe their transition into unschooling […]

Family Bonding

Sandra Dodd and two of her cuddly cubs

Sandra Dodd and two of her cuddly cubs

Transcription What do families gain from unschooling that goes beyond providing a natural learning environment?

Today I asked Sandra Dodd about the differences between unschooling and other education alternatives. In her answer she touched on the parent-child bond, the parents’ learning, honoring human instincts, respecting the […]

“Bored” and “Lazy”

lazy is good

living the good life

Sometimes people say unschooling wouldn’t work (or isn’t working) because their kids are “too lazy” or because they are “always bored.”

But not only are boredom and laziness NOT reasons nor proof that unschooling doesn’t work – they offer great opportunities to learn new things and to have more bonding […]


family bed 1994

  Today we hear new thoughts about bed and sleep from the unschooling universe, where parents and children are in it together, and the older people don’t assume that they’re supposed to be bossing around the younger people.



me and my kids, 1994





Adam, on bedtime: “It’s […]

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.



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 […]



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.


Sex Ed

Me, Rachel and our lovely  teenage (at the time) daughters

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…”



James and Jyayne Coburn

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 […]



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.

Sue […]

Single Parents

Miro and Lainie

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Extras with Sandra Dodd

Sandra Dodd

Clips from interviews with Sandra Dodd that didn’t get put elsewhere.

Sandra Dodd

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 […]