For years (and for much of the writing below) Karen James lived with her husband and son in the middle of New York State. In late May, 2015, they moved to California, south of San Francisco.
Karen paints, takes beautiful photos, she cooks, and (when we're lucky) writes about unschooling on Always Learning, on facebook and maybe elsewhere. I'm collecting some of the good parts.
From a longer bit on trust, in October 2017:
"Trust in unschooling will deepen and grow as one gains understanding and experience."
In January 2016, Karen wrote:
Because of unschooling, my son gets to follow almost anything that captures his imagination, unburdened by what others think he should know or not know, motivated to learn wholly by his own innate curiosity.
"Both Doug and I have spent hundreds of hours playing all kinds of games with Ethan. Board games, card games, video games, dice games, pretend games, word games, silly games, complicated games, indoor games and outdoor games. Not one moment was a waste of time."
A gentle approach to boredom, February 2016:
"I've noticed with my son, those uncomfortable feelings of restlessness and uncertainty about what to do are eased by some company. Just me being fully present with him seems to help a lot. ..."
July 2015, part of a longer piece:
"Be precise in the words you use to describe those you love, aim to support and care for. Be as generous as you can too. The clearer you see your child, the better you can respond to their needs. The better you learn to listen to them, see them, and be of useful service to them, the more they will have confidence in your ability to have their best interest in mind."
"Twenty years from now, the boy might be a therapist, helping others with similar issues. He might have a son or daughter of his own facing similar challenges. He might have a friend of a friend of a friend with questions. He might read a book or watch a program that prompts him to draw on his own experiences, allowing him make a unique link in the chain of his own understanding of the world. Or, he might never think of it directly again...."
Deschooling, by Karen James, a whole page of it
Safe, supported and believed in—Virtual Reality story from 2016
About video games (Seriously!) (with photos)
Real Learning, about a musical river, and the mom learning about the child's learning.
Something philosophical about Barbies and a cat: Investing in the Future
Some thoughts about school, the second and third entries on this brief page
The title at this link is part of a painting by Karen: Finish What you Start
Title by Karen James, Ethan and Nick, in October 2012: Learning from Minecraft
You can find writing by Karen on these pages, and other places on the Always Learning discussion, and on facebook at Radical Unschooling Info.
The family visited Japan in late 2013, and Karen blogged: James Family in Japan
Safe place, time and space
Other Voices—collections of writings by particular writers