Carnival of Unschooled Life—April 1, 2010


Go to life, not school.

Spring has definitely sprung here where I live. And that’s a good thing. My family is filled with hope and energy; I hope yours is, too. I also hope you consider this carnival as a springtime gift—a bouquet of daffodils, like these in my backyard.


Life at Home

Rana presents Our Pace at Free to learn an lovin’ it. My favorite line: “The whole world is ours to learn from.”

Rachel serves up Painting Pancakes at Quirky Momma. Jackson Pollock, anyone?


Out in the World

Angela Wolff presents Getting Out . . . And About at Camp Wolff. Lenore Skenazy would be proud.



Karen is excited to offer The Educational Value of Comics at The Relaxed Learning Cafe. She writes that the comics “convey important information – to readers of all ages.” I agree!

Angela from Camp Wolff tells the inspiring story of how some kids learn in Leaps and Bounds.

John, who doesn’t identify himself as an unschooler, is certainly one at heart. He presents The Story of our Lives at HiLife2B.


Dark Nights of the Soul

Someone has promised me a “dark night” post for May’s carnival. Until then, let’s consider this quote when we feel an urge to doubt our own instincts:

Let go of learning, as a focus, a concern, an issue—trust that it happens.

Maya, on Sandra Dodd’s Unschooling site


Encounters of the School-y Kind

Theodora Sutcliffe present Tree, Not Try at Travels With a Nine Year Old. Her post is “school-y” only in that, as she writes, “We are traveling the world together for at least a year. Some of our most valuable, and successful, education happens through the people we meet.”



Cassi gives us Real World at Unschooling Ruminations. She writes that this post “answers the question about why I unschool.”

Colleen Paeff at The New Unschooler presents Unschooling 101, which is filled with valuable information about beginning to unschool from a real pro who’s been there and done that.



No one submitted a “passage” post this month, but I can report that my daughter’s passage from non-driver to driver is ongoing. It’s a thrill to see her so excited about making this connection with the world—totally from her own will and desire. I know that she’s learning more than how to drive a car; she’s learning that she can do what she sets out to do.



Pamela Jorrick asks You want me to do what? at Blah, Blah, Blog. It’s a thoughtful post about “trying to meet my kids’ needs.”

Population minus eight hundred people comes from Sara McGrath at Unschooling Family Life and details, in Sara’s words, “a mostly unspoken conversation with my daughter about death.”

Idzie presents Writing Isn’t a Passion. It’s Part of Who I Am. at I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write. And, yes, she most certainly can—very well.

Laura presents How to Raise Global Learners at Laura Grace Weldon. She writes that “Connecting with people from far away, either from the comfort of our computers or by traveling across the globe, is the way we understand the concept of ‘one world.'”

Speaking of connecting, thank you to everyone who reads this for supporting The carnival of Unschooled Life. It is my extreme pleasure to publish these writings. Thank you to all who contributed this month.


The carnival will be back on May 1, 2010, which means that submissions will be due by April 30, 2010.

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


3 Responses so far »

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    Rana said,

    I’m glad to be apart of this. And thanks for using my post. Have a great weekend!

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    sunnymama said,

    I read Rana’s post already and loved it! Looking forward to reading the rest. 🙂

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