This page was created because one day I wrote something about clarity and what unschooling is, and the next day, elsewhere, Joyce began with "It helped me think more clearly..." and then described unschooling. They needed to stay together, those two quotes! I hope to add others, to help clarify for readers who will find this page in the future.
It helped me think more clearly about unschooling when I realized unschooling isn’t something kids do. Unschooling is something parents do. Unschooling is *parents* creating a learning environment for kids to explore their interests in.
My interest is unschooling, and keeping some clarity and light around that topic...
The Essence of Unschooling: Heidi R's realization about a typical day
I think ideas are easier to wrangle with if we can nail them down, get at the essence of them, put them into a box. Trying to get at the essence of unschooling is like trying to get at the essence of life.
For us, unschooling *is* life. Our lives are a balance of needs and desires, hopes and fears, love and tears, peace and upheaval — you name it, and it's there. Learning is a part of all of it, not separate from it.
—Laura Derrick, and there's more of that -here-.
I discovered over time that the essence of unschooling in my family looked like us—a curiosity to discover together new learning and relating experiences that created family harmony and promoted enthusiastic shared education.
—Julie Sweeney, here
We have a compost pile, and it's kind of amazing how it seems at first that the food and leaves and sticks and banana peels and dog poop will never do anything but sit there looking like garbage, but when I stop watching it, it turns to solid black, rich dirt! I can't find any parts of the elements of which it's made. It's kind of like that with my kids. It took me a few years to quit watching them and trust that it would compost.
—Sandra Dodd, Substance
Clarity What is Unschooling? Definitions of Unschooling