The Carnival of Unschooled Life

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Go to life, not school.

There is a void in the Blog Carnival atmosphere, and I have decided to fill it! The Expanding Life is now also the home of The Carnival of Unschooled Life.

Here are some general facts about the carnival:

  1. The carnival will appear on the first day of each month.
  2. One post per blog may be submitted to an edition of the carnival.
  3. The post submitted may be an old one or one written especially for the carnival.
  4. Posts may be rejected for not being relevant to the carnival’s philosophy and/or categories.
  5. The philosophy of the carnival is as follows:
  6. Unschooling is a way of life in which a family lives without grades, without textbooks (unless somebody reads them because they just really love them), without semesters, without gold stars, and without “teaching.”

    Unschooling is a way of life in which parents accept that their children will learn what they need to know without going to school. A child may grow older and choose to attend college or some other school, but — unlike the public school system or “school-at-home” homeschooling — unschooling is not a way of life that is focused on preparing a child for that end.

    Sandra Dodd’s Radical Unschooling web site is a great place to learn more about unschooling.

  7. The categories for submissions are:

The Carnival of Unschooled Life will post its first edition here at The Expanding Life on August 1, 2009. Please send your entries here.

And remember,

What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth in the world is not that it is a better school than the schools but that it isn’t a school at all. ” –John Holt, Teach Your Own

11 Responses so far »

  1. 2

    Adversarian said,

    [...] As a bonus: Did you know there’s now an unschooling blog carnival? First one is coming soon. Check it out! [...]

  2. 3

    Rana said,

    This is great. I have been looking for an unschooling blog carnival. Can’t wait to see whats in it.

  3. 6

    Pattie said,

    I’m living on a remote island in the Philippines. Been home schooling my 2 boys since we moved here 10 years ago. My eldest has gone into the public school system this year and my second one is struggling on his own. With the changes in our lives suddenly, I find our shift into an unschooling approach…
    I have yet a lot to learn and wish to understand more… I feel a bit at a loss on this crossroad of my life.

  4. 8

    Unschooling is a challenge to both parents and children. Several years ago, I visited a family with two unschooling children — a boy and a girl; both are intelligent with pleasant personality. The mom has paid much attention to teach them knowledge as well as their psychological health. She told me that food is very important for kid’s brain development, I agree. But I didn’t ask her what kind specific food for her children.

    Recently, I found a website sending free report for brain food that can help to overcome children misbehavior. I think that it will help in children brain development. Raising a happy, healthy and intelligent child is the most important and basic job of being a parent.

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    nataliaradic said,

    Hello, my name is Natalia Radic. I am a junior studying journalism at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

    I have always been interested in the concept of unschooling and would like to explore the topic for a class assignment. I am looking for any unschoolers that are open to sharing their experiences with me for the purposes of my article. I pass no judgement and will handle your personal and private information with sensitivity.

    My objective is to inform readers about unschooling and refute any negative stereotypes, especially those portrayed in the well-known Good Morning America segment that passed bias to viewers.

    If you’d like to be interviewed, my phone number is 440)665-4145 or you may email me at nr405710@ohio.edu.

    Thank you.

  6. 11

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