Unschooling Hopes

I just read this and it made me tear up. This is exactly what I hope for my babies:

“Can I have your cookie?” I ask, pointing to his oatmeal cookie that he almost went berserk over because dad almost accidentally threw it out. (I didn’t really want the cookie.) “Uhm…” he says, mulling it over. “Let’s half.” He splits his cookie in two, right smack in the middle, then hands the other one to me. Later on, he will do the same thing with his hotdog, offering the mangled sausage to me with his full mouth.

It is this kind of warmth and thoughtfulness that will take you aback—this sense of character, the incredible kindness, their concept of sharing—it jars you. Their social skills are intelligible, and they aren’t being graded for it. They don’t get a star for sharing a cookie, or a stamp for holding conversation with an adult. They just really warm up to you as a person, are curious about who you are and what you know. There is no judgment in their eyes—they approach every person with the same reverence. They will hold your hand, pull you with them, and open up their world to you.

I love how the babies are kind to each other. I love they are interested in everything. I love how they learn without even (barely) being taught. I want them to hold on to that for as long as they can.


Worldschooling Provides Perspective


A mural about the liberation of South Viet Nam in Saigon 2016.

Most people have heard of homeschooling but few have heard of unschooling (we’re giddy everytime we something about it like here and here) and even fewer have heard of worldschooling.

Homeschooling – doing school stuff at home.

Unschooling – there is no set curriculum. You follow the child’s lead in regard to what they’d like to learn.

Worldschooling – letting the world be your child’s learning environment.

I like to think that we are an unschooling-worldschooling family. We already travel a lot so why not make a conscious effort to educate our children about the world they live in while were’ doing it. When we were in Viet Nam we visited a few museums. It was interesting to see the war from the other side. I’m thrilled that my children will learn about world events from different perspectives.

We’re just getting started but so far my oldest (he’s two) has visited Chicago, Oahu, Dallas, Atlanta, Niagra Falls, South Africa, Brazil, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. We’ve seen forests and waterfalls. We’ve visited museums.  We’ve eaten new things. We’ve met new people. We’ve experienced lots of new things and we’ve come across TONS of similarities.

I can’t wait to talk with them about  tidbits in history, mathematics, physics, music, and anything else that we might come across! I don’t know what our future holds but I hope it helps shape them into the best versions of themselves.

Homeschooling and Disneyland



True story …

While taking a look around the internets, I found two groups that work with homeschooling families around the idea of Disneyland!

The First

Did you know there is a homeschooling day at Disneyland? It’s set for January 27, 2017 It’s run by Celebration Education and free to attend. Of course, you have to get your ticket for Disneyland but for those of us with passes, this is awesome!

Did you know that you can take a class at Disneyland through Celebration Education:

Attend class two 45-minute classes each month. Each class ends with an attraction as “homework.” Students must have their own admission to the parks.

The Second

Did you know that Disneyland also offers classes at the park through Disney Youth Programs?

We love, love, love Disneyland and have been to parks in California (of course), Florida, Japan and Hong Kong. Paris and Shanghai are on our list. Being able to combine our love of Disneyland with our love of homeschooling/unschooling/worldschooling is amazing!

Our oldest is only two but …  I’m tucking this away for later.



Unschooling as People of Color

I just read Black boys need credentials and was really dismayed at her thought process. She basically says that Black boys (that will grow into Black men) need to have college degrees to be credible in the white professional world. White I agree with that statement (we all know that people of color have to be TWICE as good to be though half as good), I don’t agree with her underlying premise: that unschooling or homeschooling or worldschooling your children of color will mean that they don’t go on to earn a college degree.

I searched the internet and found these tidbits:

  • University of St. Thomas researcher Michael Cogan has found that often, homeschool students earn more college credits before their freshman year of college than other students. On average, homeschoolers had 14.7 college credits, versus 6.0 credits for traditional school students.
  • Throughout their college careers, students from a homeschooled background tend to do better than traditional students. Homeschool freshmen in their first semester at college average a 3.37 GPA to the 3.08 of other freshmen, and continue to keep their advantage even into senior year with 3.46 versus 3.16.

I also found these positive statistics. At the end of the day, students that want to attend, and graduate from, college need:

  • Four years of language arts (English)
  • Three years of math (usually through Geometry or Algebra II)
  • Two to three years of science
  • Three to four years of social studies (History and Geography)
  • Two years of foreign language
  • Two years of electives (Music and Drama, for example)

We are a family of color (Black and Mexican) and we fully plan on unschooling our little ones. We primarily want to unschool because we enjoy traveling and hope to engage our children with the world. When the kids are old enough they may choose to attend high school. They may choose to attend college. They may choose to start a business. Who knows. Being unschooled will not stop my little ones from hanging out with other kids (socializing), taking tests (I’m a believer in benchmarking), or fulfilling their requirements to attend, and graduate from, college. I’m glad that more and more families of color are choosing to homeschool, unschool, and worldschool because I’m excited about the kind of world our kids will create. Some will say that we’re living in a fantasy world. They will say that all the hopes and dreams we have are impossible. Impossible means nothing.

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Unschooling-Black-Family-Hiking.fwI just read this article about a Black family that unschools and I am tickled pink. I have been thinking about how free our schedule is now and how free it won’t be if/when the baby starts school. Perhaps this is our solution.

Unschooling is essentially a curiosity-led approach to learning devoid of testing and predefined curricula. It leaves the exploration and implementation of knowledge to children, instead of relying on the passing of information from adults and books, based on what is believed (by adults) to be necessary learning. This approach has been an invaluable resource for our family as we raise children, travel the world, and continue to turn our interests into income.

Obviously, we’re a long way off but I really like the idea of being able to help kids learn about things that are interesting to them at a pace that’s natural for them. This option looks good though.

Do you unschool? What do you think about unschooling?