Carnival of Unschooled Life — October 2009 Edition


Go to life, not school.

Where I live, the leaves are beginning to fall and it’s gotten pretty chilly. It’s perfect weather for putting out pumpkins and autumn decorations, which is what my daughter plans to do today.

Before the Carnival begins, I would like to mention that I received Sandra Dodd’s Big Book of Unschooling in the mail the other day, and not only was I impressed with the neat wrapping (tissue paper around the book — I felt as if I was opening a birthday present!) but I was beyond impressed with the experience of having the book. It is exactly like holding Sandra’s unschooling website in your hands, which is what she wrote it was intended to be. It is a household necessity. Like a toothbrush! Or a flashlight! Yes, it’s just like those two things, because you need it during ordinary times and during emergencies.

Thank you, Sandra, for compiling the depth and breadth of experience found on your site into this book. You have done unschoolers a great service, yet again.

And now, let the Carnival begin.


Life at Home

Laura Flynn Endres presents I Tried to Learn Nothing Yesterday at Wistful Wanderlust.

Mandy presents Exploring the universe . . . at Sweetness and Light Live.

Heather Newman presents What’s Up With Us at Daily Cuppa Joy.


Out in the World

Since everyone seems to be staying home lately (probably tired out from summer excursions), I’ll present one of my posts, Riding the Escalator.



Anne Simone presents 50 Eye-Opening Unschooling Blogs at Online Best

Karen presents Inspiration at The Stone Age Techie.


Dark Nights of the Soul

Becca presents Girls and Their Body Image at Inspiration for


Encounters of the School-y Kind

Thankfully, nobody seems to have had one lately. So, I’ll share one of mine: I Want A Picnic.



.Jena presents Why I Chose Interest-Led Learning at Yarns of the Heart.



Here is a beautiful poem about a life passage, To a Daughter Leaving Home by Linda Pastan.



Here is a wonderful quote for unschoolers:

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
— e e cummings

***Heartfelt thanks to all who submitted posts. This is the third carnival, and, with each one, I feel happier about this project

Please submit to the next edition of The Carnival of Unschooled Life — which will be here at The Expanding Life on November 1, 2009 — by using the carnival submission form. November’s carnival will not have a theme, just the usual categories, which are described here. Past posts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

9 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Heather said,

    thank you, thank you! another great job

  2. 2

    Karen said,

    Thanks, Susan, this is the perfect night to curl up by the computer!

  3. 4

    Rana said,

    Thanks for the next edition of the Carnival. I can’t wait to read these post. I hope to submit for November.

  4. 6

    jessiev said,

    wonderful. THANK YOU!

  5. 8

    sunnymama said,

    Some interesting links this month! Thanks for hosting this great carnival. 🙂

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