Category Archives: Unschooling/Self-Directed Education

The Stages of Play and Friendship

How to teach emotional intelligence How does socialization work in homeschooling? Children play differently according to their brain development. They move from single play (babies play with toys by themselves) to parallel play (toddlers play side by side but don’t … Continue reading

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Ways To Learn Math Without A Workbook

Ways to Learn Math Without a Workbook By Judy Arnall, BA The birthday cheesecake looked smaller than a half.  Although the store sold the cheesecake in halfs and wholes, my children and I opened the box and immediately knew something … Continue reading

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The Last Day of Parenting (After 29 Busy Years)

Today, is the last day that I’m on active parenting duty.  It began on a sunny, hot, cloudless day on June 29, 1991 when my first son came into our lives. The other book-end, my baby, my youngest of 5 … Continue reading

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Video Games Gives Kids A Bigger Academic Edge Than Homework

Excerpted from the book, Unschooling To University (and College too): Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content. Games are just another food on the buffet of learning Children love their technology and parents know it. If you treat screen … Continue reading

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Unschooling To University Book is Ready to Launch!

Update!  We did it!  Thank you to all our supporters!  The book is now out and available world-wide in Amazon, Chapters, Barnes and Noble and any bookstore or library near you upon request.  Thank you!   Read more about the … Continue reading

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Screen Time Mitigates Summer Learning Loss

This meme has been floating around my groups and I have to say that I totally disagree with it. First, I am the worst model of this. Email comes first in the morning with my cup of tea. Every person … Continue reading

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Canadian Pediatric Society Announces a New Position Statement on Screen Time for Young Children

https://tgam.ca/2rsjfpl   Read the new CPS guidelines here.  Excellent Globe and Mail article on how much parents love screens. Globe and Mail Article on CPS Guidelines

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To Register for Kindergarten or Not

Wondering if you should register your child for Kindergarten this year or next year? If you have a child with a birthday late into the year such as January or February, you could register them this year or next. Should … Continue reading

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10 Common Worries of Prospective Homeschoolers and Unschoolers

When considering homeschooling a child who has reached school age or when the decision is made for children to leave a school they attended last year, parents who are homeschooling their children for the first time have a lot of … Continue reading

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Screen Free Play Ideas for Children of All Ages

Bored children?  Need some ideas for getting children away from screens?  Here are some tips for all ages: Read about the importance of play for kids of all ages:

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