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Your Brain on Play

Studies are showing the importance of playing. We’ve read Peter Gray’s fabulous work on the topic. Research is indicating that not only will play lead to more creativity, but it also will help with problem-solving and critical thinking skills. When Michael, now 25, was forced to sit in a classroom all day for Kindergarten and 1st…

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The Curriculum Crutch

“Buy this, and your kids will be smarter!” “Use this, you’ll be more organized!” “Get this series and you will unleash their inner genius!” Or something like that. Ahh… the lure of curriculum. Marketing has targeted our community for some time now. Advertisers realize that while we are an independent lot, we still harbor a lot…

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Listening to the Teens

Sometimes it helps to hear from those a little further down the path.  When unschooled teens and young adults were surveyed in Homeschooled Teens (over 60% of the survey respondents were unschoolers!), they shared candidly about what their lives were like during their teenage years. Instead of seeing their family’s educational choice as putting them at any…

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What Really Matters…

Unschooling is one of those terms that people love or hate. Or at least, the vocal people seem to shout from the far ends of the continuum, and then everyone reacts.  It’s been the same arguments for years now. I don’t mind the term at all anymore. I used to avoid it, because I wasn’t…