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Is Our Unschooling Life Rich Enough? from Stories of an Unschooling Family
As I said in my comment on the post, there are no words to describe how much I love this post.
Some unschooling families seem to live very adventurous lives that make ours look rather ordinary. And I wonder: Is our life rich enough for our children? Are they getting all the opportunities they need to learn and grow into the kind of people who will change the world for the better?
Perhaps it’s time for us to live differently. We could buy a farm, grow our own organic vegetables, have alpacas, spin wool, weave our own cloth, live in a yurt, go off-grid. Yes, we should get back to nature, step completely outside mainstream society, give our kids experiences not many people get to have. It would be good for them and good for the environment too.
But if we don’t move to a farm, we could buy a campervan and then travel around Australia. See our country firsthand. Or we could sell our house, buy plane tickets, travel the world, and experience cultures different from ours.
I’ve read about these kinds of unschooling lives. They seem exciting, and rich with experiences and much more interesting than our family’s seemingly conventional existence.
The Dangers of Soda Fountains from Isabella Alden
I shared some Isabella Alden (Pansy) books in my 100+ Free Old-Fashioned Cozy Books for Kindle. This is a fascinating historical piece about why soda fountains were considered dangerous by some.
Today, a soda fountain—when you can find one—is a quaint relic of a by-gone era. Think of soda fountains and you may think of ladies wearing corsets and long skirts, or gentlemen who never leave home without a hat, tie, and pocket watch.
Soda fountains are such benign objects to us, it’s hard to imagine that they ever had the potential to cause harm. But in Isabella’s day, there were hidden dangers in every soda fountain, in every town in America.
Motherly Advice…Be at Peace with where you are… from A Tray of Bliss
We are working hard on edging towards retirement here. Also we are on a tight budget for a little while here, as our business is seasonal and things are very quiet around this time of year. But then, nothing has changed really. We are at peace with making ends meet as comfortably as possible, as we always are.
It’s a case of feeling like you’re in control of things, rather than taking the view that things are happening to you that are beyond your control. That in itself is a really valuable mind set.
So here are some methods we employ, including growing lavender, and dreaming of visiting the lavender fields in France as seen above.
You can do this too.
If you have a child who struggles with being distracted by clip art and busy decorations on a worksheet, I created these handwriting pages just for you! I have an entire collection of print and cursive Distraction-Free Handwriting Practice packets for both letters and words. They are great for kids who need something SIMPLE with no distractions!
From the Archives
Still feeling unsure about what you are doing regarding your child’s education? Here are some reading suggestions that will both challenge and encourage you as you sort it all out.
From My Amazon Page
This game was a life changer for Caroline. I don’t know why, but something clicked when we started playing this game. (She has visual processing issues.) When we started playing it with her, she could barely visually process the cards to play. Now she regularly beats us. It’s unbelievable. I highly recommend Spot it! for every family, even if you don’t have children with specific visual processing issues. It’s just a good game!