In modern society, many children have extremely limited time spent outside. And that time may be on a concrete playground without access to many elements of nature. A 2016 UK study indicated that the average child in Great Britain spends...
Catherine and her children were on a walk in Austin Texas and passed the Children's Garden at Casa de Luz. They were informed that the school that was on site had shut down and the Children's Garden was being...
This article is Part 6 in a series called Does Unschooling Have Natural Limits? Please also find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Part 4, and Part 5… Is mutual respect truly possible between children and parents? I know what you're thinking at this point. "But they're kids. Is...
Catherine stops in Arkansas to harvest blackberries and plums on their way to Indiana. You can homestead from the road by stopping at local farms along your route!!! The blackberries were eaten in the car and used in smoothies...
Do you wish you could homeschool or unschool your kids? Well, good news--you CAN! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the phrase “If I didn’t xyz, I would homeschool”. The majority of these statements come from working or...
Falling Fruit has been such an amazing resource for our family! I love watching my children explore nature, especially when they have gained the skill set and knowledge to actually CONSUME pieces of the world around us with confidence...
I originally wrote this in 2012, when my children were much younger.  Gentle discipline. That sounds pretty progressive, right? Not spanking or hitting children IS still a pretty progressive concept in our society (unfortunately). In my opinion, it’s disheartening that we’re...
Are we all born as creative geniuses? In a talk at TEDX Tucson, Dr. George Land reveals shocking results of a creativity test that was initially developed for NASA, but lead to the testing of school children. After proving successful...
This article is Part 5 in a series called Does Unschooling Have Natural Limits? Please also find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4... On any given day, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with your child...
Unschooling goes beyond education and learning--it bleeds over into every area of your life, eventually. So what does it look like to be unschooling food? For many unschoolers, this means what you think it means--kids are given the freedom to...
This article is Part 4 in a series called Does Unschooling Have Natural Limits? Please also find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 When I first heard of unschooling, I was coming from the typical parenting paradigm, in which...
This article is part 3 of a longer series, called Does Unschooling Have Natural Limits? Please subscribe to get future installments. Freedom can be a tough concept to grasp for adults, let alone kids. Where exactly do we draw the boundaries? How can we all...