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The Libertarians Are Rooting For Us

There is an article/video extolling the virtues of unschooling over on Reason, the libertarian-leaning web site. While I disagree with some of the article’s portrayal of teachers — and the site’s blanket dismissal of public schools — there are definitely circumstances where unstructured learning fits the needs of a child. …

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Our Home Academy Reveals Its New Coat-of-Arms

Anna made this for us today. Yeah, our school mascot is a tardigrade! They love water and can survive in space! The Fighting Water Bears! Perfect.

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Pecos is in Tibet

Anna recently sent me a short video that summed up everything I ever loved about comic books and science fiction movies from my childhood: The video discusses how movies and comics build complex “worlds” by including references to other people, places and/or events outside the framework of the current storyline. …

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No Day at the Beach

My wife met Anna over lunch today and snapped this picture of her walking along the shores of Lake Michigan. While it looks idyllic — especially for kids stuck in school — the scene masks several days of struggle as Anna tries to wean herself off her medications. Her symptoms …

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Week 2/3 – Reality Bites Back

This old drawing of Anna’s sums up my feelings after Week 3 … Life is moving so fast and I am so disorganized that it all seems be congealing into one big mess. I don’t feel like I’ve got a handle on Anna’s curriculum and any ideas that I have …

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When Life Hands You a Song Called ‘Lemon’

Anna finished her first big unschooling project today! It is a beautifully animated video she created for a song called ‘Lemon’ by a local Milwaukee band named Paper Holland (also on Facebook). A fun visual for a fun song: Enjoy!

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Week 1 – Learning Curve for Parent and Child Alike

With one week under our belts, I thought I’d take a quick look at where we stand. Curriculum After the initial fun of brainstorming study ideas wore off, we were faced with the hard work of trying to fit all of these ideas into a coherent structure. My wife did …