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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It's not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) Join me as I share ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources for living an unschooling life of unconditional love.

Stories of an Unschooling Family Sue Elvis

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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It's not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) Join me as I share ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources for living an unschooling life of unconditional love.

    180: Unschool, Martian, and Risque Stories

    180: Unschool, Martian, and Risque Stories

    My daughter Imogen and I are discussing play, writing, books, Martians, and exercise. This episode is jam-packed full of stories, unschooling thoughts and resources.
    Episode Contents
    0:00-01:56 Intro
    01:56-07:53 Excitement 
    07:53-10:51 Writing
    10:51-18:08 Music
    18:08-30:15 Kids’ Play
    30:15-42:10 Adults’ Play
    42:10-59:18 A Space Phase
    59:18-01:03:31 A Novel and Priest Holes
    01:03:31-01:07:11 Exercise
    01:07:11-01:13:51 A Risqué Story
    01:13:51-01:17:01 Listener Questions 
    01:17:01-01:21:38 End Stuff
     
    Show Notes 
     
    Writing
    NaNoWriMo
     
    Music
    Musescore
    Garageband
     
    Play
    Blog Post: Doing What Kids Ought to Do
     
    A Space Phase
    The War of the Worlds book by H.G. Wells
    Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds
    The Martian book
    The Martian movie
    Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets
     
    Exercise
    Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home
     
    Books
    The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
    Imogen's new novel : Frost Notes
     
    My Unschooling Books
    Curious Unschoolers: Kindle
    Curious Unschoolers: paperback
    Radical Unschool Love: Kindle
    Radical Unschool Love: paperback
    My Amazon Author Page
     
    Where You Can Find Me
    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community
    Youtube
    Sue Elvis
    Blogs
    Stories of an Unschooling Family
    Where the Carol Birds Sing
    Instagram
    stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily
     
    Where You Can Find Imogen
    Blog
    Write.Rewrite.Read
    Instagram
    write.rewrite.read
    Youtube
    Imogen Elvis
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    179: Unschooling, Plot Holes and Twonk

    179: Unschooling, Plot Holes and Twonk

    My daughter Imogen and I are sharing some unschooling thoughts while we talk about what we’ve been working on, what we’ve been reading and watching, and what’s making us feel excited.
    0:00 Intro
    00:58 Introducing Imogen
    01:47 Returning to Podcasting
    05:50 Frost Hands and Writing
    14:34 Writing Novels and Unschooling Books
    21:57 The Inconvenience of Losing Our Videographer 
    32:14 Excited About Exercise
    41:59 Escaping into a Novel
    48:55 Rereading Retold Fairy Tales
    53:52 Masterchef and Kids’ Happiness
    01:01:29 The Masked Singer and Twonk
    01:08:50 End Things
     
    Show Notes
     
    Imogen's new novel
    Frost Hands
     
    Podcasts about NaNoWriMo
    Episode 153: More Unschool Writing Ideas and Resources
    Episode 140: Difficult Things
     
    Imogen's Music Youtube Channel
    Imogen Elvis
     
    Websites
    Skillshare
    Walk at Home
     
    Books
    The Lake House by Kate Morton
    The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
     
    Blog Post
    Why We Need to Support Our Kids' Choices
     
    Video
    My 2020 Global Homeschooling Summit interview video
     
    My Unschooling Books
    Curious Unschoolers: Kindle
    Curious Unschoolers: paperback
    Radical Unschool Love: Kindle
    Radical Unschool Love: paperback
    My Amazon Author Page
     
    Where You Can Find Me
    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community
    Youtube
    Sue Elvis
    Blogs
    Stories of an Unschooling Family
    Where the Carol Birds Sing
    Instagram
    stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily
     
    Where You Can Find Imogen
    Blog
    Write.Rewrite.Read
    Instagram
    write.rewrite.read
     
    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling!
     
    Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment!
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    178: Strewing, Unschooling and Charlotte Mason

    178: Strewing, Unschooling and Charlotte Mason

    This week, I'm sharing and discussing two stories about strewing:
     
    Time For Some Strewing
     
    Unschooling When Charlotte Mason Also Appeals to Our Hearts
     
    I'm also talking about overwhelming times, how we don't have to be perfect, and looking for the delights in our days.
     
    Show Notes
     
    A Blog Post
    Unschooling When Charlotte Mason Also Appeals to Our Hearts
     
    Podcasts
    Episode 151: All About Strewing
    Episode 30: Why Classical Music Is Not Enough
     
    A Book
    The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
     
    My Unschooling Books
    Curious Unschoolers: Kindle
    Curious Unschoolers: paperback
    Radical Unschool Love: Kindle
    Radical Unschool Love: paperback
    My Amazon Author Page
     
     
    Where You Can Find Me
    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community
    Youtube
    Sue Elvis
    Blogs
    Stories of an Unschooling Family
    Where the Carol Birds Sing
     
    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling!
     
    Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment!
     

    • 33 min
    177: Encouraging Unschooling Kids and Mothers

    177: Encouraging Unschooling Kids and Mothers

    This week, I'm talking about encouragement. I have two encouragement stories to share with you which I'm hoping you haven't heard before. But if you are familiar with them, will you think, "Sue is getting repetitive"? Will you consider giving my podcast a negative review? I hope not. Instead, maybe you'll offer some feedback. 
    Do you have any ideas for future episodes of this podcast? What would you like to hear about?
    Most of my kids are grown up, so often I don't have any current unschooling news to share with you, (unless, of course, you're interested in hearing about my unschool learning). Over the years, I have explored a lot of unschooling topics multiple times, and sometimes it seems like I have said everything possible. Could it be time to pack up my mic? Move on and do something else?
    I'd love to hear your thoughts. I know they will be kind and encouraging! 
     
    Episode Details
    0:00 intro
    1:53 discouraging words and negative podcast reviews
    3:46 Crushed by a Label
    11:11 story comments
    13:07 Encouraging Each Other to Do Difficult Things 
    16:08 How I Became a Runner
    24:46 what I learnt from my running adventure 
    33:01 other encouraging stories 
    33:53 I’d love to hear your thoughts!
    34:42 Summit interviews worth watching 
    38:17 unschooling: something worth hearing about 
    38:55 an encouraging unschooling community 
    39:48 thank you for listening!
     
    Show Notes
    Blog Post
    Encouraging Each Other to Do Difficult Things
      
    The Homeschooling Global Summit
    The Homeschooling Global Summit
    My 2020 Summit interview
     
    My Unschooling Books
    Curious Unschoolers: Kindle
    Curious Unschoolers: paperback
    Radical Unschool Love: Kindle
    Radical Unschool Love: paperback
    My Amazon Author Page
     
     
    Where You Can Find Me
    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community
    Youtube
    Sue Elvis
    Blogs
    Stories of an Unschooling Family
    Where the Carol Birds Sing
     
    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick encouraging review or rating would help too!
    Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment.  I hope to see you inside my unschooling community. And if you haven't already seen it, perhaps you'd like to check out my Homeschooling Global Summit interview!
     
     

    • 40 min
    176: How Curious Unschooled Kids Learn

    176: How Curious Unschooled Kids Learn

    This week, I'm talking about how children learn:
    0:00 intro
    1:30 News: Podcast chapters
    2:55 My Homeschooling Global Summit interview
    7:25 Unschooling alone: things I’ve been doing and learning about
    15:18 Is It Really Okay if Kids Play All Day?
    25:53 Comments about the story
    30:30 How Ticking Off Boxes Can Be a Waste of Time
    35:45 Comments about the story
    43:48 Looking ahead and other end things 
     
    Show Notes
     
    Blog Post
    How Ticking Off Boxes Can Be a Waste of Time
     
    Video
    What's in Your Strewing Basket?
     
    The Homeschooling Global Summit
    The Homeschooling Global Summit
    Our 2019 Homeschooling Global Summit Interviews
     
    My Unschooling Books
    Curious Unschoolers: Kindle
    Curious Unschoolers: paperback
    Radical Unschool Love: Kindle
    Radical Unschool Love: paperback
    My Amazon Author Page
     
    Other Things I Mentioned
    Powtoon
    Adobe Indesign
    Adobe Font Packs
    Skillshare
     
    Where You Can Find Me
    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community
    Email Me
    Youtube
    Sue Elvis
    Blogs
    Stories of an Unschooling Family
    Where the Carol Birds Sing
     
    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!
    Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment.  I hope to see you inside my unschooling community. And perhaps you'd like to watch my Homeschooling Global Summit interview!
     
     

    • 48 min
    175: More About Starting Unschooling

    175: More About Starting Unschooling

    This week, I'm talking about starting unschooling and exciting things:
    0.00 Intro
    0:53 My First Unschooling Zoom Meeting
    11:07 A New Podcast Series
     19:20 Time to Unschool 
    32.25 There Has Never Been a Better Time to Start Unschooling 
    44:10 End Things
     
    Show Notes
     
    Blog Post
    There Has Never Been a Better Time to Start Unschooling
     
    The Homeschooling Global Summit
    The Homeschooling Global Summit
    Our 2019 Homeschooling Global Summit Interviews
     
    My Unschooling Books
    Curious Unschoolers: Kindle
    Curious Unschoolers: paperback
    Radical Unschool Love: Kindle
    Radical Unschool Love: paperback
    My Amazon Author Page
     
    Pat Flynn's website: Smart Passive Income
     
    Where You Can Find Me
    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community
    Email Me
    Youtube
    Sue Elvis
    Blogs
    Stories of an Unschooling Family
    Where the Carol Birds Sing
     
    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!
    Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment.  I hope to see you inside my unschooling community. Perhaps you'd like to join me for our next Zoom meetup!
     
     

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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Jaimeis1976 ,

A Help with Paradigm Shifting

Sue’s podcast has been very helpful to get me thinking critically about a lot of the “whys” in my parenting journey. She has been an excellent resource in my family’s life. Thanks Sue for all the efforts and wisdom you put into your blog and podcast!

Samantha MacLeod ,

Compassionate, caring, and oh so helpful

Sue Elvis comes to my house for tea. Or so I imagine every time I listen to her podcast. Every time a new person asks about unschooling, or about how to unschool when needing to follow a curriculum, I share this wise woman's podcast. She offers tips for recording activities, and how to treat children with love and compassion. But more than that, I love her sharing with me about her family, her passions and her concerns. Thank you for this beautiful body of work, Sue Elvis.

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