Monthly Archives: March 2013

Getting Lost and Other Games!

When my kids were young, one of our favorite car games was called “Getting Lost” – a name chosen because it appealed to their sense of adventure!  Sometimes while I was driving in town I’d surprise them by asking “what do you think would happen if I turned here instead of going straight, the way […]

From Homeschooler to College Student: Successfully Transitioning Your Teen to College

While public school kids may be sent off on their own as soon as they graduate, homeschooled kids often benefit from continued mentoring from their parents while gaining experience with teachers, tests, and grades. This is something we homeschoolers tend not to talk about, and I think we should. The first year after high school […]

Everyone Deserves a Childhood: Unschooling gifted kids

  I worry about young gifted kids. In the excitement of noticing that their child seems to learn faster than others, some parents think that their child needs to be tested, tutored, accelerated, and maybe even isolated from non-gifted kids. If these parents ask for help online, I sometimes notice suggestions about curriculum or early […]

Unschooling: The Gold Standard for Young Children

Young children thrive with lots of unstructured play and exploration because it’s how nature intended them to learn! When allowed to discover and think without adult-sponsored lessons, their capacity to learn new things is amazing. Our homeschooling pioneers didn’t school their preschoolers. While I don’t think babies and toddlers need to be homeschooled, it’s becoming […]