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I’m a little late getting this to you, but here is my annual 50 Best Unschooling/Self-Directed Learning Posts of 2013!

 

Throughout the year while I’m on social media, browsing favorite blogs, or just searching for the latest unschooling news, I keep a list of those posts that inspire, encourage and excite me the most. I’ve read a lot of great things and watched several outstanding videos this past year, and it’s my pleasure to share those with you.

Happy reading/watching!

 

 50 best Unschooling/Self-Directed Learning Posts of 2013

 

1. Open Ended Unschooling Resources – by Sara McGrath – I love me a good resource list! Sara always gives wonderful resource suggestions.

2.Video Game Businessman – by Peter Kowalke on The Unschooler Experiment

3. “But I want to Learn, Mom” An Unschooling Adventure Continues –on The Educators Room

4. Homeschooling is about Creating Good Habits by Penelope Trunk

5. What I Think Unschooling is All About by Sue Elvis at Stories of an Unschooling Family

6. What to Do When Strewing is rejected by Sue Elvis at Stories of an Unschooling Family

7. Why So Many Schools Remain Penitentiaries of Boredom – on The Huffington Post

8. 2 Long Term Traveling Moms Talk about Unschooling & Education VIDEO by Lainie from Raising Miro

9. TEDxTeen Jacob Barnett: Forget What You Know- Stop Learning & Start Thinking- VIDEO

10. If Students Designed Their Own Schools…..It Would Look Like This – Post & Video – Washington Post

11. A $1 Million Dollar Bet on Students without Teachers – cnn.com

12. What Would You Do if You Were Not Afraid? – VIDEO- Nancy Sathre-Vogel at TEDx

13. Write it All Down? By Susan at Learning ALL the time!

14. EdTalks: Kerry Muse VIDEO – some great messages here

15. Five Free Ways to Improve a Child’s Education by Linda Dobson

16. What if We Trusted You: Jerry Michalski – A TED talk VIDEO – this technically is from Oct of 2012

17. How to Mentor a Child with Big (Possible Unrealistic Dreams) – by Lori Pickert – This is an incredible article- a must read!!!

18. Delight-Directed 7th Grade by Aadel at These Temporary Tents

19. In Defense of Skipping College and Enrolling in the Real World an article in Forbes magazine

20.Why Quantity Should be Your Priority – on the medium.com – A really great article!

21. Skipping School by Lua Martin Wells – a TEXx Video

22.Genuine Passion for Learning – Alpine Valley School

23. What Do You Do? By Jodi Hollis

24. The Play Deficit by Peter Gray – a well researched, insightful article

25. Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education- from the online magazine MindShift- this approach sounds amazing for teens, too.

26.Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning- by Maria Popova – a review of the book with the same title by Kio Stark- really wonderful quotes by lots of independent learners

27. How Does Your Child Like to Learn by Pam Laricchia

28. Teaching With YouTube: 197 Digital Channels for Learning – what an awesome resource!

29. Unschooling: Unleashing Freedom by Amy Harrington- Just found Amy’s blog this year about unschooling gifted kids- go check it out!

30. Why Learning through Social Networks is the Future- on TeachThought website- a really interesting list of skills you learn through keeping up with your social networks

31. How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses – from Wired magazine – really enjoyed reading this.

32. Unschooling: The Secret to Being a Great Leader? – from OpenForum website

33. Combination Curriculum: Unschooling and Classical- by Melissa Flagg- I really enjoyed reading this story of organic learning.

34. Paris was my Middle School Classroom – by Tara Isabella Burton in the Atlantic magazine- Loved this! I’m a sucker for anything that showcases the benefits of combing homeschooling with extensive travel.

35. The Importance of Questions by Wendy Priesnitz – a good reminder

36. Unschooling is the Open Source Way – from Open Source website

37.Methods and Materials vs. “Natural Learning” by Laurette Lynn at Learning Curves- I love her explanation of how instead of viewing some workbooks, textbooks or other more “school” styles of learning as somehow not viable ways of learning for unschoolers, to instead use them as tools that work for your own needs and goals in whatever way that works best for you.

38. Three Years: How I Know It’s Working by Jessica at Teachable Moments– One of my favorite bloggers, Jessica always provides inspiration, wonderfully creative ideas and encouragement.

39. Reflections of a Homeschool Mom… by Karen at Homeschool Girls – Once again, Karen has managed to make me cry! A gorgeous post about the joys of an interest-led learning life.

40. No Curriculum, No Problem- by Jennifer at Little Homeschool on the Prairie – LOVE THIS! My favorite things post to read on homeschooling/unschooling blogs are lists and ideas of resources. Jennifer’s channel is PACKED with wonderful ideas and resources. And she’s an endless source of encouragement, too J

41.  Thoughts on Back to School Time by Monica at Family Trek- One of my favorite travelling/life-learning families around J Always inspiring.

42. Project Based Homeschooling: Steps I Took to Support My Son’s Interest in Carnivorous Plants by Shelli at MammaofLetters. This is a very detailed look at how one family approached a project study. I loved it!

43. Back to School- Homeschool or Worldschool Style by Jeanne at soultravelers3 – I’m always excited to read what this wonderfully gifted girl is up to!

44. To Ease the Panic, Think of a River by Amy Milstein at Unschooling NYC – So true!

45. The Coolest Scientist in America Has Some Terrific Advice for Parents – VIDEO- Go watch this!

46. The Good Things in Life Come Free….but Not Always by Beatrice Ekoko at Natural Born Learners – I’ve learned the truth in this post.

47. It Really Does Take a Village by Laura Grace Weldon- on the importance of community

48. Why All High School Courses Should be Elective – from the Washington Post

49. Unschooling: Am I Ruining My Kid’s Life? By Leo Babauta at Unschoolery

50. School is Optional – VIDEO – Ken Danford at TEDxAmherstCollege

 

What inspiring/encouraging/exciting things have you read/watched about interest-led learning in 2013?

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Fall 2013 Travel Highlights: Hawaii & Madison,WI

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We were incredibly blessed to take a two and a half week trip to the Big Island of Hawaii last September-October. It was a magical time for our family. Magical for the extreme beauty of that enchanted place, but also, more importantly so, magical because we spent so much uninterrupted time together. Even the times [...]

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Our 2013 July Unschooling Activities & Resources

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We had a very packed July- always on the go! We started off the month in Kansas City, Missouri at a relative’s home. It was a really fun week; we did so many different things from visiting a living history museum to lighting off fireworks in the backyard. In the middle of the month, the [...]

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Our June 2013 Unschooling Resources and Activities

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How has your summer been? Busy? In 3 days it will be the end of July and I’m first now posting what we did in June! Writing has not been a high priority for me these past few months. I’ve been spending lots of time with my family. The kids and I have been playing [...]

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Our May 2013 Unschooling Activities & Resources

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I’m finally able to share with you all the things we did in May. I’ve been struggling with the decision of keeping this blog. I really love sharing with you things I’ve learned while pursing our interest-led learning lifestyle and also the many fun resources and ways of learning we come across. But I’m also [...]

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A Video Highlight of Our Past Year

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My babies turned 7 a few weeks ago! Every year I create a birthday DVD for the kids. I include pictures set to songs of all the highlights from the past year- activities we loved doing together, holidays and celebrations and our travels. Last year I shared our birthday DVD, and I’m back to do [...]

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Our April Unschooling Activities & Resources 2013

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I’m back!!! I’m sorry that I haven’t posted anything new this past month. I’ve felt pulled in too many different directions lately, so I had to make some tough decisions and strictly prioritize my time. So that meant taking a break from writing any new posts this month. One of my family’s greatest passions is [...]

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Our March Unschooling Activities & Resources 2013

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March was one big ball of exhausting fun! It’s the beginning of birthday and travel season for us. We did so much that I know I missed things, so this isn’t even a complete list. It was just too hard to keep updated most of the month. We had our first mini-trip of the year: [...]

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Our October Unschooling Activities & Resources

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I don’t know when I’ve had a month where I’ve had so much fun and made so many memories, yet I’ve been so stressed and overwhelmed at the same time. We did a lot in October. Part of the problem, which really shouldn’t be a problem, was all the birthday and other special family celebrations [...]

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Our September Unschooling Activities & Resources

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What a month! We started the month off driving back from our Rocky Mountain trip in Colorado. Throughout the month we also: tagged some butterflies, read some fun books about Egypt and Mozart, helped restore a prairie, watched circus tigers perform, and a lot more! I’m excited to be in this fall season, even though [...]

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