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What’s a parent’s role in unschooling?

This is a guest post from Erin  Wetzel. She is a painter and a poet who lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband and daughter. You can connect with her on instagram @ekwetzel.  Earlier in the year she wrote a guest post about generation Y. My three-year-old found the vine of morning glories growing behind our house. She plucked three and ran to me. “Mama! Let’s make pixie dust!” “Oh?” I replied. “How do we do tha…

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Review of the documentary: Class Dismissed

This is a guest post from Erin  Wetzel. She is a artist who lives in Tacoma WA and homeschools her daughter. You can connect with her on instagram @ekwetzel. Homeschooling is a counter-cultural movement. Although it is gaining momentum with each passing year, there is still a stigma associated with it. Homeschoolers are too often perceived as educational cultists, weirdos who hide from mainstream culture, oddballs who don’t engage in any meanin…

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How to do preschool with one child and no stuff

This is a guest post from Erin  Wetzel. She is a artist who lives in Tacoma WA and homeschools her daughter. You can connect with her on Instagram @ekwetzel. One of the joys of not sending my daughter to preschool is that we are together constantly, bugging each other to death. Because I work at home, I have to figure out how to get stuff done with Phoebe in the house. We can’t afford a nanny. So it’s just me, my kid, and a mountain…

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Homeschooling is not just for rich people

This is a guest post from Erin  Wetzel. She is a artist who lives in Tacoma WA (that’s her drawing). She homeschools her daughter. You can connect with her on instagram @ekwetzel.   I’m going to go ahead and confess: we use food stamps. It’s not fun living right above the poverty line. I’m ashamed that we can’t afford our basic needs. I’m tired of not having a phone and cutting my own hair and making all our meals at home. I’m tired of ca…

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What it means when homeschooling feels lonely

At the end of the course I have titled How to Write about Your Life I offer to edit people’s writing for six months. I charge $600 to edit anything they write during that period. One of the people who signed up was Erin Wetzel. Sometimes she’d write something I liked, and I’d use it as a guest post. Mostly, though, her writing was saccharine. I told her she should just take pictures. She’s a great photographer. “We…

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How to support a family while you homeschool

I love writing on this blog, but if I’m being honest with myself, I’m not sure I’d write here if I didn’t need to support my family. It’s true that I started writing about education because I wanted to figure out what to do with education for my own family. But it’s also true that writing a blog is a lot of work. And when I started writing this blog I was not homeschooling. I wrote the blog while the kids wer…

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How to quit your job so you can homeschool

This is a guest post from Erin  Wetzel. She is a artist who lives in Tacoma WA and homeschools her daughter. You can connect with her on instagram @ekwetzel. Matt was laid off in January. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how it was affecting us. And then to our surprise, Matt accepted a new job, a better job than his old one. What a relief. We went out to a restaurant to celebrate, and, while I was eating the first steak I’ve had in ages, I thou…

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Most popular posts of 2014

It’s always tricky to pick the most popular posts of the year because ranking is based on sort-of-arbitrary metrics, and I mess around with the metrics when I don’t like the outcome, and the whole thing starts to smell like school testing.  So here is a short list of posts people shared frequently. Thank you so much for sharing posts. I am stunned and happy at how quickly this community is growing, and I think it’s due, in a l…

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Teach passion by modeling passion

Erin Wetzel is an illustrator and portrait artist. She lives in Washington state with her young family. Connect with her on Instagram where she documents everyday motherhood. You can tell when we’re broke, because that’s when I run my art sales. Last week, we needed gas and groceries. I set a discount for art prints and made what we needed in six hours. One time I slashed prices on commissions and made enough to pay the mortgage. I…

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Self-directed learning is more fun with parent intimacy

This is a guest post from Erin  Wetzel. She is a painter and a poet who lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband and daughter. You can connect with her on instagram @ekwetzel. Earlier she wrote Unschooling Starts the Day Your Child is Born. Tonight, as Phoebe was getting ready for bed, she turned to me and lamented, “I only know how to read one book, Mama. I only know how to read “Maisy Big, Maisy Small.” She looked longingly at her boo…