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Each week, members receive links to articles that I think are interesting for unschooling parents. Topics may be about education, school, learning, parenting, motherhood, parenting little ones, parenting teens. This page will be a handy reference for you, in case you want to read up on a particular category!  

 

About Learning

**The Most Rigorous Curriculum

Being Mindful in Nature

Let the Play Times Roll

My kids began to thrive the minute I stopped scheduling them


The Learning Sweet Spot And How to Find It


Slowness is Not Slothfulness - Learning by Doing Requires Patience


7 surprising things that make your child smarter

Paper towns and why learning is awesome | John Green - Find on Youtube

7 key phrases Montessori teachers use and why we should use them, too 

Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you’re no Leonardo da Vinci
 


Parents Can Trust Kids to Teach Themselves


Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education


Enough Thanksgiving Myths. Schools Should Teach Indigenous History.


Vincent Fantauzzo: Drawing a life in pictures


Want to Raise Smart, Kind Kids? Science Says Do This Every Day


Motivation for Creation


Math Looks The Same In The Brains Of Boys And Girls, Study Finds


NASA MAKES THEIR ENTIRE MEDIA LIBRARY PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE AND COPYRIGHT FREE


What Teachers Should Know About Dysgraphia

Supporting Children to Live and Learn Without Schooling or Coercion 

Elon Musk to the Young and Ambitious: Skills Matter More Than Degrees
 

From a Boulder City Bedroom, 'Science Mom' Builds an Online Following in a

Social Media Experiment
 

Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’
 

Patience is the foundation of a good education
 

Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here's How To Start A Habit
 

The Importance of Maintaining a Sense of Wonder and Excitement 

Focusing on the Good Each Day 

100+ Non-Toy Gifts for Toddlers to Teens 

7 key phrases Montessori teachers use and why we should use them, too 

Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you’re no Leonardo da Vinci
 

Life Learning: Process Over Content 

School’s out… 

Traveling Homeschoolers
 

Just Let Them Play: An Alternative Approach to Schooling at Home During the Quarantine 

The Psychology and Theory Behind Flow
 

Learning Subjects through Unschooling
 

A proposal for what post-coronavirus schools should do (instead of what they used to do)
 

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
 


Why kids shouldn’t be forced to sit at desks all day when schools reopen

The Deep Sea 

Grow a Living Playhouse For Your Kids 

 

About Learning to Read

Reading Readiness Has To Do With The Body

How a Flawed Idea is Teaching Millions of Kids to be Poor Readers 

Reading at Five: Why?
 

End of audiobook snobbery as scientists find reading and listening activates the same parts of the brain  

From Unable to Read at 12 to Ivy League Graduate 

45 places you can download tens of thousands books, plays and other literary texts completely legally for free

Favorite Children’s Books of 2019

Everyday Unschooling: Supporting Your Readers 

In 2019, more Americans went to the library than to the movies. Yes, really. 

The value of owning more books than you can read

PROPOSED BOOK BANNING BILL IN MISSOURI COULD IMPRISON LIBRARIANS

Freedom, Not Force, Creates Lifelong Readers and Learners 

The Role of Beginning Reading 

28 MORE BLACK PICTURE BOOKS THAT AREN’T ABOUT BOYCOTTS, BUSES OR BASKETBALL (2018)

A Sonnet A Day: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 1

At a Loss for Words

Reading at Five: Why?

End of audiobook snobbery as scientists find reading and listening activates the same parts of the brain | Telegraph

He didn’t learn to read until 12. Then he graduated from an Ivy. Here’s his advice.

Vincent Fantauzzo: Drawing a life in pictures

Want to Raise Smart, Kind Kids? Science Says Do This Every Day

Reading Readiness Has To Do With The Body

Everyday Unschooling: Supporting Your Readers

Beginning Reading

Favorite Children’s Books of 2019

45 places you can download tens of thousands books, plays and other literary texts completely legally for free

  

 

Unschooling Teens

**How Teens Are Making Meaning Out of the Pandemic

Free Virtual Meet-Ups Continuing

The Absurd Structure of High School

I’ve Talked With Teenage Boys About Sexual Assault for 20 Years. This Is What They Still Don’t Know

Social Media Has Not Destroyed a Generation

Questioning their fairness, a record number of colleges stop requiring the SAT and ACT

How Our Culture Disempowers Teens

The 2,500-Year-Old History of Adults Blaming the Younger Generation

Your Teen Is Not You

Dude, Where’s My Frontal Cortex?

backpack south america! – 4 week indie adventure 18+

University of California leaders support dropping use of SAT, ACT

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

‘Adulting’ is hard. UC Berkeley has a class for that

Saying ‘No’ To College

My Semester With the Snowflakes

Here’s How to Raise Healthy, Well-Adjusted Teens

Revolutionary thinking? Colleges let students opt out of admissions exams.

POWER PLAYERS

Elon Musk is recruiting for Tesla: I ‘don’t care if you even graduated high school’

National survey: Students’ feelings about high school are mostly negative

Resources for Navigating the Time of Coronavirus

With Senior Year In Disarray, Teens And Young Adults Feel Lost. Here's How To Help

The Coming Disruption. Scott Galloway predicts a handful of elite cyborg universities will soon monopolize higher education.

 

Technology

Exploring the Assumptions About Kids and Electronic Media

Social Media Has Not Destroyed a Generation  

The Minecraft Generation

My Child Asked Me to Limit His Screen Time. I Said No.

Suicide is skyrocketing in young people, and their screens and smartphones have nothing to do with it

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs

How Bad is Tech Use for Kids, Really?

Gaming Addiction, by Rachel Miller

Blame Society, Not the Screen Time

The Open-ended Rabbit Holes of YouTube and Gaming Instead of Carefully Crafted Curricula

 

Young Children

Let the play times roll

Harvard Study Shows the Dangers of Early School Enrollment

Babies Who Get Cuddled More Seem to Have Their Genetics Changed For Years Afterwards

What a four-year-old should know

Seeing, Noticing, and Talking About Differences with Young Children

Lying down with your kids until they fall asleep is not a bad habit

Toddlers Don’t Have to Go to School

Sisters read bedtime stories on Facebook Live so kids can fall asleep to a story each night

Kindergarten Teachers Speak Out for Children’s Happiness

Mister Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children

Measuring the Long-Term Effects of Early, Extensive Day Care

Making kids welcome in the world

consent for kids - On YouTube

 ‘What do new mothers do all day?’

We’re Pressuring Students to Read Too Fast, Too Much, Too Soon

MY THREE-MONTH-OLD’S GUIDE TO SLEEP TRAINING YOUR PARENTS

 

Articles About Parenting

**Never to Late for Respectful Parenting

Want to be a happy parent? Let go of these 15 things to find joy

5 Questions To Gauge Kids’ Emotional Intelligence — And Help Them Boost It

Raising Resilient Problem Solvers

Laziness Does Not Exist

How to Help Your Child's Compassion Grow - YouTube

5 Innovative Suggestions For Supporting "Kids Today"

50 years of research shows spanking makes behavior worse

Kids Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

How to Become a Conscious Parent

How We Are Treating Kids as Mirrored By How We Treat the Very Old: Crippling Them with Caution

Dr Gabor Maté on Childhood Trauma, The Real Cause of Anxiety and Our 'Insane' Culture

I moved my kids out of America. It was the best parenting decision I've ever made.

What if our parenting tactics are mirroring abuser tactics?

Respectful Parenting – It’s Weird, But It Works

Lying down with your kids until they fall asleep is not a bad habit

Oh, you let your kids watch 'Sesame Street' while you cook dinner? Okay...

How To Handle Anxious Children - YouTube

"https://www.edutopia.org/article/whats-lost-when-we-rush-kids-through-childhood">What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

Unstructured play is vital for kids, so we need to stop entertaining them

Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids

Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays.

Homeschooling as Art: Don’t Explain Yourself

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won’t tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I’ve already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

Clutter Is A Trigger Of Stress And Anxiety, Psychologists Say

How to be your child’s safe space

Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It

EMPATHY is the most important leadership skill needed today!

Siblings: How they Shape Each Other...And How Parents Can Help

Loving someone into Realness (what the Velveteen Rabbit teaches about holding space)

Why Intentionally Building Empathy Is More Important Now Than Ever

HOW CRYING BENEFITS BOYS: STRONG MINDS AND HAPPY HEARTS

The Attachment Theory: How Childhood Affects Life - YouTube

How a traveling family of four packs light

Why Parenting Experts Want You To Raise Independent, Kind Kids

"https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/greed-is-dead/">Greed is dead

"https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/why-you-want-to-raise-wild-child">How To Raise A Wild Child & The 6 Reasons You Want To

Teacher Tom: Teaching Mindfulness

Santa Rethinks 'Naughty or Nice' in W+K's Remarkable Mental Health Ad


Most Schooling Is Training for Stupidity and Conformity - Noam Chomsky on Education - YouTube 

"https://www.inc.com/wanda-thibodeaux/this-might-be-simplest-scientific-way-to-get-rid-of-stress-youve-ever-heard-of.html">This Might Be the Simplest Scientific Way to Get Rid of Stress You've Ever Heard Of

Beyond "You're So Cute": 30 Questions to Ask Little Girls This Holiday Season

It’s science: helping your child fall asleep may mean listening to your heart

Fathers don't get enough credit, either

Adults Close To Their Own Parents Is Actually The Ideal

Teacher Tom: The Real Work of Being a Parent

Why Your Kid Should Be a Rebel

Seeing, Noticing, and Talking About Differences with Young Children

Parenting Is Not About Controlling Your Child

How to Inspire Your Kids to Be Generous

The Many Shades of Fear-Based Parenting

The Most Powerful Family Ritual? The Bedtime Story

Cooperative Overlap in Conversation

Your Stubborn Child Might Just Turn Out To Be More Successful And Wealthier, Says Study

Survival Of The Nicest? A Theory Of Our Origins Says Cooperation-Not Competition-Is Instinctive

The Magic of Fresh Air for Babies & Other Beings

10 Motivating Movies To Feel Like You Can Conquer The World

We Need More ‘Puddle Parents’ To Let Kids Choose Their Own Paths

YOU CAN STOP YELLING. HERE’S YOUR 10-STEP PLAN

It’s Easy to Judge Until It’s Your Kid, Let’s Try Compassion

“Wait, aren’t I the parent here?” Using Your Parent Authority

In Praise of 'Scruffy Hospitality'

Teaching Kids To Control Their Anger

Mean Things Kids Say – What They REALLY Mean

Here’s How Long You Can Really Freeze Food

Free Webinar: How to Raise Strong, Confident Girl with Susan Hyatt

When Parents Invade Childhood (A Lesson in Distrust)

Cuddling Does Kids (and Parents) Good

8 Surefire Ways to Calm an Anxious Kid

10 Unschooling Tips to Survive a Quarantine!

18 Effective De-Escalation Strategies For Defusing Meltdowns

 

Motherhood

**When Moms Feel Discouraged

Extraordinary Life After 40 Summit

Mama

Having it All

8 Strategies to Help Stressed Out Moms

The Invisible Workload Of Motherhood Is Killing Me

How I Changed from a Toxic Mom-Manager to an Encouraging Soul Builder

Invisible Mother

Mothers, Let your Daughters Grow Up to be Travelers.

I’m not going ‘backwards’ by choosing to stay home with my kids

Burnout is real, says the World Health Organization (and mothers everywhere)

The mental load of motherhood is what I didn’t fully expect

How to give up yelling and overcome your anger, mama

I no longer sit at tables where I might be the topic when I get up

The Mama of the Wild Child is Trying Harder Than You KnowWHAT SINGLE MOMS NEED FRIENDS TO KNOW DURING THE HOLIDAYSY

Moms aren't naturally better at multitasking—they just have no choice

To The Mom of “That Kid” Who Is Seen For His Behavior (Instead of His Character)

 

About Unschooling/Homeschooling

**What Do Unschoolers Do All Day?

**​Research on Homeschooling & Unschooling

The Detective and The Navigator: How They Learned to Read and Write

Should We All be "Unschooling" the Kids - And How Does That Even Work?

Unschooling – What are you afraid of?

Cody McLain - Learning Outside the Classroom - YouTube  

Is Unschooling Turning Out Differently Than You Hoped?

New to homeschooling? Try letting go of school

Unschooling/Homeschooling film By Maya Costa - YouTube

What Happens When You Ask Unschoolers 'What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?'

Why Wouldn’t We Homeschool?

The “Unschooling” Movement Lets Kids Direct Their Learning—And Shocker, It Works 

Setting Up an Unschooling Home

The 'Unschooling' Movement: Letting Children Lead Their Learning

7 Things I Was Totally Wrong About When It Came to Homeschooling – From a Dad

Goodbye 2019 – Hello 2020!

Spiritual Sounding Board

EU208: Don’t Aim for Perfect with Sue Patterson

The rise of hybrid homeschooling

What Unschoolers Are Not Learning

To My Unschooled Children: Thank You for the Gifts

How Billie Eilish Is Reinventing Pop Stardom

15 Problems with Testing Unschoolers and Homeschoolers

The legacy of Astrid Lindgren and the world’s strongest girl

Perhaps It’s Time to Consider Unschooling

Opinion: This is not home schooling, distance learning or online schooling.

8 powerful reasons why I 'unschool' my kids

Homeschooling 2.0 Global Summit

To the millions of parents who didn’t choose to homeschool: This is a unique opportunity

How singer Alanis Morissette 'unschools' her children

25 Modern Science, Math and Technology leaders who were homeschooled

Harvard Magazine Calls for a “Presumptive Ban” on Homeschooling: Here Are 5 Things It Got Wrong

Is going to school in person obsolete? Cuomo wonders why ‘old model’ persists

We Love Our Kid. That's Why We Said No to Remote Learning

 

What's Wrong With Schools, Anyway?

What If Some Kids are Better Off at Home?

No Test Left Behind

Teacher Tom: "The Supposition That Every Child Is A Kind Of Idiot"

Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

It’s Time to Blow Up The Public School System

Harvard Study Shows the Dangers of Early School Enrollment

Burned out in Kindergarten?

Pressure-cooker kindergarten

Students in high-achieving schools are now named an ‘at-risk’... | Washington Post

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Why Classroom Clip Charts Do More Harm Than Good

Children, Learning, and the 'Evaluative Gaze' of School

Compulsory SRE? How about we stop teaching children that their consent doesn’t matter in the first place.

The Failure of Public Schooling in One Chart

You Should Finally Leave School | YouTube

Why Virgin Group Will No Longer Ask For Your Exam Results When Hiring

Singapore abolishes school exam rankings, says learning is not competition

We Need to Make Kindergarten Engaging Again

Active Shooter And Other Drills At School Are Giving Kids A Lifetime Of Anxiety

The Wrong “Scientific” for Education

The Drugging of the American Boy

Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement

Why the most successful students have no passion for school

What’s Lost When Black Children Are Socialized Into a White World

I made sure New York City’s pre-K classes were filled with play. Then I became a kindergarten teacher and the fun stopped.

Dear School, Eff Your ‘F’

The Honor Roll Does More Harm Than Good

Kindergarten Teachers Are Quitting, and Here Is Why

Most Schooling Is Training for Stupidity and Conformity - Noam Chomsky on Education - YouTube

#GIRLBOSS Author Left School, Built $100 Million Company

Curriculum cops rob kindergarten of fun

‘Schools are killing curiosity’: why we need to stop telling children to shut up and learn

The Education Reform Movement Has Failed America. We Need Common Sense Solutions That Work.

Teacher Tom: The Time For School Is At An End

3rd Grade Reading Guarantees: Impact Investors Build System To Terrorize Eight Year Olds

Coronavirus is providing the course correction kids desperately needed

The Myth that Americans Were Poorly Educated before Mass Government Schooling

Prioritise play when schools reopen, say mental health experts

We Love Our Kid. That's Why We Said No to Remote Learning

 

  

Learning Math

Reading Math

Are Boys Really Better Than Girls at Math?

Creative Thinking & Math

Embracing Minecraft