Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Home Sweet Home Schooling

Welcome to the September Carnival of Natural Parenting: We're all home schoolers

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how their children learn at home as a natural part of their day. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Summer's over and as most kids are getting ready to go back to school, we'll embark on one more year of unschooling: we like it this way! I will borrow Suzanne Carter's words to explain unschooling: "to me unschooling is as positive as unchaining, unbinding, unleashing, unfolding, unfurling, unlimiting...." I don't know what my kids needs and likes will be this year but so far:
My daughter is still interested in babies and family:

My son likes to write without pen:

They both like Mathematics (or baking!)...

... and want to surpass Kasparov by making up some complicated chess rules:

Anatomy and Biology lessons: a baby, a baby frog, a baby snake!

They show great interest in Architecture ( and barn animals):

My son is building a race car:

My daughter is a great gymnast:

They both like Arts and Crafts:

Unschooling is also about cooking lessons (and sharing the play dough):

and the joy of house choirs!

To learn more about the fun of unschooling your kids, here's a good start: http://www.unschooling.com/index.shtml


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(This list will be updated September 14 with all the carnival links.)


  1. Great photos! It looks like you have a good time with your unschooling. Are you intending to continue as the kids get older?

  2. Your kiddos are having so much fun learning! I'm willing to bet more kids would enjoy things like biology and architecture if they had fun while learning!
    ~Dionna @ Code Name: Mama

  3. This is great! I love all these photos of your adorable kiddos. I think it's easy to forget how much learning happens when doing every day activities like cooking (fractions! chemistry! nutrition!). Thanks for this post.

  4. Thank you all for your comments!
    @onthequest: My daughter will go to "the real school" (whatever it means to her!) probably next year!
    @Dionna: My sentiment exactly. I remember sitting behind a table to study a dead frog, not that great!
    @Amy: Absolutely! Thank you!

  5. That is such an awesome post! I love all your pictures, and the way you've categorized all the subjects your kids are learning while playing. It really is so easy for them to absorb all sorts of information! You've inspired me to look up some videos online and check some books out from the library about babies, too, because that's my son's current obsession as well! :)

  6. Thank you Lauren! I had a planned "universe assisted" homebirth and my daughter just loved my books! The baby topic seems still to be a favorite. My 20 mos son has started to be really happy too when he sees another child!

  7. Those are lovely pictures! Your children look like they are so engaged and doing so much!

  8. Great Post! I think your pictures did a great job of showing the way kids learn in simple ways throughout the day.