Unschooling Portraits: Jessica B

Please introduce yourself.

I’m Jessica. I have four children, one girl and three boys, ages 11, 8, 6, and 4. I’ve been married to my husband for 12 years, since I was a junior in high school. We spent eight years in the Air Force, travelin’ the world. In June 2012 we’re moving to western Canada for my husband to study Greek and Hebrew. I blog at Bohemian Bowmans. Continue Reading

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Discovery Channel Doesn’t Count

Reading a friend’s homeschooling blog I spotted a troll who commented, “Who ever learned anything at home? Discovery Channel doesn’t count.”

I didn’t enter unschooling with a lot of skepticism, and I haven’t received many surprises from unschooling that are not common to parenting in general, but statements such as that one do rather stun me to disbelief. Continue Reading

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Unschooling in Action

Our “Unschooling in Action” series highlights photographs of real, live unschoolers doing real, live unschooling. If you’d like to see your unschooling photo here, please post it on our Facebook wall!

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With V-Readers in the go-cart.
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Archery lessons with grandpa.
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Bug watching.
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Statues carved directly into still-planted tree stumps.
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Nature walk with dad.
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Nature walk with dad.
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After a field trip.
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Reading about Wild Bill Hickok and frontiersmen.
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Thinning kale.
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Playing one of several versions of Monopoly.
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Oregon Museum of Science
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"What's making the air bubbles?"
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Enjoying nature's beauty.
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Owl pellets.
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Teaching mom to make paper flowers.
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Making a surprise for a penpal.
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Reading ... even at the lake!
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Mini planetariums with Boy Scouts.
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Reading Car and Driver magazine.
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Spring butterfly!
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Unschooled teen volunteers at local museum and shares knowledge with visitors.
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Daddy explains his toolbox.
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Helping dad hook up electronics.
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Watching the workers outside.
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Inspecting old x-rays.

Share your unschooling photos on our Facebook wall for a chance to see them showcased here next week! Meanwhile if you crave more, you can browse previous Unschooling in Action posts, or check out the Unschoolers’ Art Gallery blog for cool art from unschooled kids. Happy unschooling!

Christian Unschooling: Initial Doubts

During the month of May at Christian Unschooling, our bloggers will tackle some of the initial skepticisms they had about unschooling, and the surprises in store for them as their real life experiences helped resolve their doubts. Each blogger will address a doubt or skepticism she had regarding unschooling and how it was resolved.

Doubts such as: “Unschooling parents are just lazy! They just don’t want to take the time to sit down and work with their kids!” and “Surely unschooled kids won’t learn the basics they need to know,” and of course “Unschoolers will be unprepared for the real world.” Continue Reading

Giving in to My Kids (or, Why I Unschool)

A friend who replicates school at home in her homeschool once said to me, in a comparison of our parenting and homeschooling styles, “I know you give in to your children, and that’s okay, that’s your choice …”

Frankly, I was too taken aback at the flat statement to respond at the time, but I thought about it a lot afterward. And here’s what I thought: I don’t give in to my kids … but I can see why she thinks that I do.

What My Friend Sees

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