Category Archives: Unschooling Lessons

The painful process of passion-finding – stories of struggling teens.

Finding one’s passion can be a long and painful process, because it doesn’t just fall on your lap and be embraced in delightful ecstasy. You need to try and search and fail and get up and try again and fail … Continue reading

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Unschooling – Is it For You?

Unschooling 101 The term “unschooling” was coined in the 1970s and used by educator John Holt, widely regarded as the “father” of unschooling. Unschooling is an educational method and philosophy that rejects compulsory school as a primary means for learning. … Continue reading

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Self-taught artists

My girls have always enjoyed art – drawing and doodling…. but the art classes I had signed them up in years ago weren’t that well received. In their words: “The teachers are too strict – they made us color a certain … Continue reading

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From hobby to money!

Well, it has been more than a week since Sam discovered the art of making marshmallows from YouTube. After causing a sugar explosion in my kitchen and getting an earful from me, Sam has changed her ways. Now, she has … Continue reading

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101 Creativity Tips for Educators

Very useful information for educators, at home or elsewhere. Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic … Continue reading

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A – Z of Homeschooling: O is for Ordinary, Out-of-the-Box and Original

In a seminar we were invited to conduct in Bukit Mertajam several months ago, our host introduced us thus, (in Mandarin) to the packed hall of about a hundred people: “This couple and their family are ordinary people like you … Continue reading

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School’s out forever for ‘unschoolers’

  Another interesting article on the introducing to unschooling. Of course there are those who disagree – I think that’s fine. Diversity is interesting. Unschooling has been around for several decades, but advocates say there has been an uptick as … Continue reading

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Patch Poll: Unschooling Vs. Traditional Education

Interesting article to share ….students play a bigger role in deciding what they want to learn, and fundamentals and life skills are taught simultaneously. Science can be studied by exploring the nature around them, social studies by traveling aboard with … Continue reading

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Ticket to Nashville

Ever since Amrita discovered Miley Ray Cyrus, Taylor Swift’s (eventually a host other musicians)  music at age 12, she was hooked on country music. She started learning the guitar (daddy taught her the only 3 chords that he knew – the … Continue reading

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PARENT-INITIATED PLAYGROUPS (Chong Wai Leng, 2000)

  Continuing our previously published articles on FAMILYPLACE (a project funded by DAGS), might be useful to some. FamilyPlace was the predecessor of  Learning Beyond Schooling when our children were very young and reflected our thoughts as young(er parents). This … Continue reading

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