Carnival of Unschooled Life — December 2009 Edition


Go to life, not school.

The carnival is ending the year with a smile on its face, thanks to all of the submitters and readers who have accessed it and helped it grow since the first edition in August. I just got Dayna Martin’s book–Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun–and read her words: “We are on the leading edge of new thought . . . [and] of parenting.” I hope this carnival is serving to promote that message.

So, fellow edge-dwellers, here is this month’s carnival.


Life at Home

Barbara Cameron presents Balance from her blog, Three Girl Pile-Up.

Samantha from ninth street east brings us Flags.


Out in the World

Sunnymama offers Parenting at Work from SunnyDayTodayMama.

Country Living comes from Samantha at ninth street east.



I find these words from Matt Hern, in Deschooling Our Lives, to be inspirational:

I know dozens and dozens of unschoolers and homelearners who come from every imaginable sector of society. Refusing schools is a real possibility for everyone, which in no way limits a person’s options for the future.


Dark Nights of the Soul

In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day. –F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m glad everyone is sleeping well; the unschooling must be working!


Encounters of the School-y Kind

You’re Not Really An Unschooler Til Somebody Calls The Cops comes to us from Angel Robinson at Roots and Wings.

The Stone Age Techie presents Freedom and Music.



SunnyDayTodayMama brings us La-la-la-lah!



A Few Updates comes from Jena at Yarns of the Heart.



Pamela Jorrick of Blah, Blah, Blog presents Self Directed Learning

Sara McGrath of Unschooling Family Life gives us It’s a wonderful life, unschooling.

And muddy bare feet presents Whole Life Learning.

***My head is bowed in thanks to all who contributed posts this month. As the holidays start to creep up on us, let’s skip over to February 1, 2010 (Wow! 2010!) for the next carnival. That means submissions will be due by January 31, 2010.

***Please help our unschooling friends in the UK by reading about why English home educators are being threatened and by signing this petition. Thank you!

***To contribute a post to the next edition of The Carnival of Unschooled Life — which will be here at The Expanding Life on February 1, 2010 — use the carnival submission form.

Thank you all and Happy New Year!


9 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    sunnymama said,

    Thanks for another great carnival! I shall link, tweet, Facebook, and holler 😉 I’ve just finished reading Dayna’s book and love her message, and the message of the Carnival of Unschooled Life too! 🙂

    Thank you also for the links to the article on the threat to English home educators and the global petition. It means such a lot to know that others around the world want to support us in the UK. Kelly in Canada has been fantastic in helping publicize the situation here.

  2. 2

    Rana said,

    I can’t wait to get started reading these. Thank you for putting this together.

  3. 5

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  4. 6

    Sam said,

    Susan, thank you so much, it is an honour to be here, really 🙂

  5. 7

    Batya said,

    I’m just curious, as host of owner of other blog carnivals, did blog carnival send you all the usual notices? I see that you did receive the instacarnival. I’m hosting one on Sunday and the site isn’t offering its usual services. Please let me know at shilohmuse dot gmail dot com Thanks!

  6. 8

    Debs said,

    Lovely Carnival again, thanks for all your hard work (and for including me!) 🙂 xxx

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