The Unschooling Life
By Amy Childs
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What is unschooling? How does unschooling work? How can I be an unschooling parent – or a better unschooling parent? This podcast is for people who want to be peaceful and respectful parents. It is for people who think learning is a natural byproduct of being alive and being human. It is for people who want to play in the real world, and have more fun.
||CleanMore Extra Bits||Clips from interviews with Sandra Dodd that didn’t get put elsewhere.||4/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra 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. -||4/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHealing||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.||3/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaughter||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,||3/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSiblings||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,||3/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Word Unschooling||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,||3/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“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. -||2/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHard Times||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. -||2/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSingle Parents||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||2/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRelatives||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. -||2/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDads||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. -||2/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuitting||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.||1/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSex Ed||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||1/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTravel||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 we can have a learning adven.||1/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSafety||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.||1/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlobal 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 acco||1/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPersonal 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. -||1/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFailure||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?||12/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCommunity||Today we hear how unschoolers find and build community from veteran unschoolers Rose Sorooshian, Sandra Dodd and Sue Patterson. -||12/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfrican Americans & Homeschooling||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. -||12/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrewing||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. -||12/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeens||If you've never met an unschooled teen - you should really fix that. I think they are some of the very best type of humans on the planet. - Today's episode covers a couple tips of the iceberg of the enormous wide world of self-directed teens. -||12/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSaying Yes||- Today our unschooling friends talk about how saying Yes to your child can foster a rich and joyful environment for learning. - Pam Lariccha on how to say yes intentionally, with learning in mind. -||12/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrinciples||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 w||12/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoney||Today's featured guests: - Sandra Dodd - on scrawny vs fat healthy unschooling and how to save on therapy costs. - Rose Sorooshian - on whether buying things for children spoils them. - Renee and XuMei Cabatic – on the details of their family’s fina||12/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHistory||- History is all about stories. And who doesn't love a good story!? - Rippy tells stories from the Netherlands and beyond, - Adam tells stories from England and beyond, - Idzie tells stories from Canada and beyond, -||12/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeography||What is geography? And how do unschoolers learn about it? - Today we hear from: - Cameron Lovejoy who loves exploring, traveling and having new experiences. - Idzie Desmarais who has friends and readers from all over the world. -||11/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience||Learning science, not in order to get a good grade, because it has everything to do with REAL LIFE! - Thanks to science-lovers Rippy Dusseldorp, Ben Hewitt, Veronica Lacerda, the Daniel family, and to the music- and earth-loving Tom Chapin. -||11/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting||Today Rippy, Adam and Rose talk about learning to write for reasons that are FUN. - Here's more information about National Novel Writing Month (going on now!) for those of you who might want to play along. -||11/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReading||Today's topic: reading without coercion. - Abigail Larrison has a PhD in brain systems and neuroscience. - Ben Hewitt authored the recently published book Home Grown. - Janine's eldest started out in school, hating anything to do with books. -||10/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMath||If you don't MAKE them, how will unschooled kids ever learn [scary music] math? - I asked some pretty smart unschoolers this question and got some pretty great answers. - Thanks go out to: - Pam Sorooshian - economics professor||10/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Needs||Can unschooling work for a child with learning problems? What about gifted children? Or children with health issues? - Today we hear from.... - Ami Fountain - Awesomism Ambassador, autism advocate, and unschooling mother of two boys. -||10/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSocialization||If a child doesn't go to school, won’t she or he miss out on "socialization?" - - (Whatever that is.) - - Thanks today go to: - Ben Hewitt - unschooling dad and author of a new book about unschooling, Home Grown -||10/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Typical Day||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.||10/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBedtimes||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. - - - - -||9/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Spoiling”||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 da||9/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMess||A rich natural learning environment is not likely to be a spotless one. - Click on these links to find out more about joyful "lived-in" living from today's unschooling superstars: - Alex Polikowsky Brie Jontry Nina Haley Sandra Dodd -||9/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFood||Can even mealtimes be time of joy and harmony - and learning? - Unschoolers say, absolutely YES! - Thank you Sandra, Alex and Brie! - - - - - Can't get enough of that alphabet soup!||9/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeace||Unschooling won't work when children feel scared, shamed, coerced, or under attack. - So an important part of an unschooling parent's job is to create a non-violent, peaceful place where children feel happy safe and content, so that learning can happen.||9/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAcademics||Unschoolers don’t segment life into categories, don’t follow a prescribed curriculum and don’t see “academic” learning as different or better than all kinds of learning. - People who still have a school mindset worry that this means unschooled||9/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Bored” and “Lazy”||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||8/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Unschooling Legal?||Some people wonder if unschooling is legal. Every country is different, and in the US every state is different. But the answer is pretty much Yes. - My favorite quote of the day: - "Learning isn't illegal." - Sandra (Touche.) - Thank you Ann Zeise||8/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning from Screens||Many people worry that unlimited access to screens will harm their child. - But natural learning occurs best when children follow their interests and are trusted to direct their own play and learning... even when they’re interested in something on a||8/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Bonding||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.||8/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Gray on Play||Transcription - Today we hear from Peter Gray about the importance of play in a child’s development, education, and general wellbeing. - In Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant,||8/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Gray on Learning||Transcription Peter Gray is a developmental psychologist, research professor and author. In his latest book Free to Learn, Mr. Gray writes about how all people are born to be self-directed learners. - It was a real honor to talk with Peter and ask hi.||8/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCollege Alternatives||Sometimes college is a good idea… and sometimes it isn’t. - Unschoolers are well situated to do other interesting, educational, strategically savvy things, rather than going to college. They have years of experience seeking out good opportunities,||7/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoing to College||Question: If children don’t go to school or follow a set curriculum for elementary or high school, how can they get into college or earn a college degree? - Answer: Lots of ways! - - Here's where you can find Blake's book "College Without High Sch.||7/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeschooling||Transcription - Before unschooling can truly flourish, parents and children need to undo old ideas about learning. This process is called deschooling. - This isn't always easy, and it usually takes longer than we wish it would.||7/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Can Unschool?||Transcription - Just about any child will learn and flourish in a truly loving and educationally-conducive environment. So every child has the potential to be a successful unschooler. - The question is, what qualities and skills must a parent have,||7/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Unschool?||Transcript Tradução em Português - What is unschooling? How does it work? Why does it work? - Since all the unschooling parents were busy playing games, doing experiments, climbing volcanoes, doing yoga,||7/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearn Nothing Day||Several years ago Sandra Dodd started a “holiday for unschoolers” on July 24. This special day is called Learn Nothing Day. - Unschooling families live in a way such that learning can happen all day every day. Because of this,||6/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast Promo||What is unschooling? - How does unschooling work? - How can I be an unschooling parent – or a better unschooling parent? - This podcast is for people who want to be peaceful and respectful parents. - It is for people who think learning is a natural...||6/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
outstanding for anyone with any curiosity about unschooling
I love this podcast. I find it invaluable.
Host Amy Childs, a veteran unschooling practitioner whose children are now young adults, not only offers her own framing of her topics, but she also emphasizes the perspectives of other family-member practitioners - including parents, children and grown children. Occasionally, Childs has also interviewed guests noted for their expertise on child development and learning. In doing so, Childs and her guests have shed light on real-world unschooling questions, principles and practices.
Childs makes this possible by asking these other practitioners about a given topic, and by smoothly editing their answers into the pleasant flow of each episode. Each roughly 15-20 minute episode focuses on a single topic, and I’m always impressed by how concisely, accessibly and thoroughly each one gets covered.
I want to add that there is something matchless about hearing each person’s voice. Even though I love learning from books, the experience wouldn’t be the same if I were to instead read a transcript of each participant’s comments. Offering this as a podcast brings the experience to life.
Whether you are wondering about different homeschooling methods; are considering unschooling; or are already involved in unschooling (as our 12 year old daughter is, with us) - I highly recommend this podcast. I predict that anyone in any of those areas of interest will learn valuable things by listening. I know that I have, and that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process.
So thank you, Amy Childs, and all your guests, for making this wonderful podcast possible.
Vid Axel's review pretty much nailed it. The only things I can add is our kiddo is now a preschooler & soon we need to make some educational decisions in the formal sense. This podcast has been a great introduction to Unschooling as we explore our options. We're leaning more now toward Unschooling, and I'm comforted by the thought of this resource being available as we move in that direction. Each episode is brief making it practical, thoughtfully crafted, and I also enjoy the fun music selections. It's good stuff & I am deeply appreciative.
I love this podcast
The best thing I can say about this podcast is that I listen and re-listen and re-listen to the episodes, and every listen garners something new. It’s a very comforting podcast when your brain feels scattered about your homeschool choices. I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about unschooling, current unschoolers who need a booster, or anyone interested in real people with real children who are learning through life experiences. <3