I’m currently reading The Teenage Liberation Handbook how to quit school and get a real life and education by Grace Llewellyn. I want a copy of this book and I haven’t even gotten halfway through it. I keep asking myself why it has taken me so long to read it. It is just one of those books that lights a fire for real life learning. I hope my 12yo will want to read it when I am finished with it.

She and I had a good discussion this afternoon about school ,learning and her abilities.  She has been stuck in a rut of beating herself up because she hasn’t memorized something that a lot of kids her age have.. I have tried to explain that just because an institution says that kids should know how to do X by age Y doesn’t mean that that is the best age. We have her at home because we don’t believe in that institution and the rules it has in place. Everyone learns differently and  at different stages in life. We have her at home so she can read about wildflowers all day if she wants to, or draw all day ,or take pictures and edit them on the computer. 

I want my girls to live everyday alive in the curiosity that God gave them. I want them to awake every morning and say “I am brilliant because I exist!”

Everyday is a gift my sweet girls so live them out loud!!! 










 A Weekend at the Creek



Trying to catch some Crayfish

Crawfish if you are from the south








My feeble attempts at nature photography


I love being outdoors with my family. It was great to feel the mud squish between my toes. One is never to old to have mud squish between your toes.


Playing is learning

   An Official Unschooling Post


The bigs have been spending a lot of time playing with their dolls lately. So much so that there are days when I see them only for brief periods of time when they come out of their rooms to grab that life sustaining stuff called food.

I can hear them through the door, muffled detailed conversations. Every once in a while they come out and share with me what they are pretending. I will have to say that I am totally impressed.

It’s too much to type in great detail so I will do what I like to do the most when it comes to information. I shall make a list.

1. Each doll has a family and Aly has written out the geneology of each doll.

2. Two of the dolls have parents that are archaeologists(based on an American girl books series). So they have been to many places around the world.

3. Their first trip was to India where they spent time in the market place and each doll had a traditional Indian outfit made my the bigs.



4.The next trip was to Hawaii. On this trip the dolls recieved new swim suits also made by the bigs.


5. Now the dolls have traveled to London. I know this because I was asked to print out the London fact sheet from Americangirl.com. and because there was a set ofa London street built in my livingroom this afternoon.

6. So let’s put some educationalese to all of this “play” time.

geography(trips to London, India,Hawaii)

anthropolgy–culturally correct outfits created for India

communication skills and typing—the girls have the dolls email one another

geneology—each doll has a family tree

research skills—information about each place visited was gained before or as they played.

photography—all doll pictures taken by Aly

set production—all sets in pictures and not shown created by Aly and C.C.

social skills—-they played together well for HOURS!!!

home economics–I forgot to mention that the dolls had breakfast cooked for them almost every morning these past few days.


There is probably more but at this hour my brain can no longer list anything else. I just wanted to post to show what unschooling can look like. It doesn’t always look like this here and sometimes it doesn’t look like there is any learning going on at all but that is only because I am looking for it instead of just living in the everyday. Learning happens in the everyday.