The Relationship Benefits of Unschooling – With Pam Laricchia [PODCAST #557]


I'm pleased to present one of our finest productions on the topic of unschooling. An important thread running through this conversation: the benefits of unschooling in terms of relationship with self, with family and with people in the community.

Pam Laricchia is the creator of the blog - an amazing, well-organized resource for people exploring how to live and learn without school. She is also the author of several books on unschooling, including The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide. Pam began unschooling with her three children back in 2002 and she has continued her enthusiastic exploration through blogging, podcasting and presenting at conferences.


* Pam's new Book What is Unschooling? The mission of her site.
* What does unschooling mean to you? We focus on relationship with self and with others.
* Pam's Background, her personal deschooling process, her family's transition to unschooling, what did her goals look like when she started?


* What are the important foundations of unschooling?
* Making the Transition to Unschooling - rule dropping vs. rule relaxing
* How to nurture Curiosity, Being Open to Our Child's Wonder
* How to foster an engaged mind, main three characteristics of real and effective learning (from the article Curious and Engaged)

Pam's 3 Characteristics of Real and Effective Learning

- engagement: exploring and playing with an idea, topic, or skill
- motivation: staying engaged in their exploration, even through challenges
- thinking: creativity and analysis, and is key to the bigger picture understanding of how the idea, topic, or skill fits into their world


* the process of deschooling
* How to develop and maintain the patience and proper mindset for unschooling
* Mediating conflicting needs, between parent and child/children
* Plus A Listener question - Thanks Jahaira!
"The main idea that comes to mind is the topic of TRUST. As a parent, you want your children to have everything they need to thrive, and it's scary to leave it to "chance". It's scary to fully TRUST that they will learn what they need to learn of their own volition and of their own desire..."

Shows On the Benefits of Unschooling and Alternative Education:

[PODCAST] #544: Peter Gray (Part Three) – A Future of Self-Directed Education
[PODCAST] #101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus
[PODCAST] #208: Whole Parents – With Dayna Martin

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