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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

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

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.

    189: The Important People in Our Lives

    189: The Important People in Our Lives

    I'm back! Are you surprised? I am!


    This week, I'm talking about:


    How lack of control makes us feel helpless. Do controlled kids feel helpless? Does control lead to mental health issues?

    If we want a society of responsible adults, do we need to listen to kids, give them freedom, and let them learn how to be responsible for themselves?

    Difficult times, friends, and our unschooling community

    How change can stretch us, and how we learn when we have an interest or a need

    Video gaming and what I've learnt since I became a video gamer

    My new children's novel, The Angels of Wallaby Way!

    Perfectionism, and the fear of criticism, and Marco Polo video messages

    The value of feedback, encouragement, and the most important people in our lives


    Show Notes
    Blog Post


    What I discovered When I Became a Video Gamer


     


    My Unschooling Books


    Curious Unschoolers: Kindle


    Curious Unschoolers: paperback


    Radical Unschool Love: Kindle


    Radical Unschool Love: paperback


    The Angels of Wallaby Way: available very soon!


    My Amazon Author Page


     


    Where You Can Find Me


    Unschooling Community including Unschool Plus and Marco Polo


    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community


    Youtube


    Sue Elvis


    Blogs


    Stories of an Unschooling Family


    Where the Carol Birds Sing


     


    Thanks you for listening to this episode!


     

    • 47 min
    188: It's Not for Me!

    188: It's Not for Me!

    This week, Imogen and I are discussing:


    The value of casual work and lower profile jobs

    How our kids can surprise us

    Jobs and passions

    Why we need to promote our work

    How to answer critics and critique other people’s work

    The importance of helping each other

    Jane Austen, Sanditon and Bridgerton

    Ageing

    And other things!


     


    Show Notes


     


    Things we mention in this episode


    This is Marketing: book by Seth Godin


    The Illustrated Man: book by Ray Bradbury


    Sanditon: miniseries adapted from Jane Austen's novel by Andrew Davies 


    Sanditon: unfinished Jane Austen novel


    Pride and Prejudice: 1995 miniseries adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's novel


    Bridgerton: miniseries


    Bridgerton: book by Julia Quinn


     


    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


    Unschooling Community


    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community


    Youtube


    Sue Elvis


    Blogs


    Stories of an Unschooling Family


    Where the Carol Birds Sing


    Instagram


    sue_elvis


     


    Where You Can Find Imogen


    Blog


    Write.Rewrite.Read


    Instagram


    write.rewrite.read


    Youtube


    Imogen Elvis


    Books


    The Crystal Tree


    The Shattering Song


    Frost Hands


     


    Thank you for listening to this episode!


     


     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    187: The Problem With High Expectations and Control

    187: The Problem With High Expectations and Control

    This week, Imogen and I are talking about:


    High expectations and control. Do they result in unhappy children? Do controlled kids look for distractions? Does limiting screen time result in an increased attraction for devices?

    A novel that Imogen reviewed: Dear Hero

    Inspiration and different ways of telling a story

    How we can work together, share our skills, and help each other

    The Catholic Homeschool Conference (I'm a speaker!)

    News of two soon-to-be-produced unschooling podcasts


     


    Show Notes


    Things we mentioned in this episode:


     


    Indistractible by Nir Eyal


    Masterchef Australia 2021


    Show Your Work by Austin Kleon


    Dear Hero by Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat


    Illuminae Files Book Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


    The Catholic Homeschool Conference


     


    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


    Unschooling Community


    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community


    Youtube


    Sue Elvis


    Blogs


    Stories of an Unschooling Family


    Where the Carol Birds Sing


    Instagram


    sue_elvis


     


    Where You Can Find Imogen


    Blog


    Write.Rewrite.Read


    Instagram


    write.rewrite.read


    Youtube


    Imogen Elvis


    Books


    The Crystal Tree


    The Shattering Song


    Frost Hands


     


    Thank you for listening to this episode!


     


     

    • 1 hr 23 min
    186: Criticism, Reviews, and Paying it Forward

    186: Criticism, Reviews, and Paying it Forward

    This week, Imogen and I have a lively conversation about:


    The highs and lows that affect our parenting, homeschooling and creative lives

    Criticism: why do we let other people's opinions affect what we do? Whose opinions should we listen to? Why we shouldn't let criticism stop us from using our talents

    Reviews: why we don't ask for many reviews

    Writing about things we have never experienced

    Paying it Forward: is free online stuff really free? 


    We're also discussing some books and movies.


    And we're telling stories about:


    how to remove a dead tree

    cockroaches

    how I might have made a difference to the lives of the world's dogs

    and many other things


     


    Show Notes


    Things we mention in this episode:


     


    Tamworth


    Botanic gardens and Marsupial Park


    Country Music Festival


     


    Gunnedah


    Silo Art: Dorothea MacKellar and her poem, My Country


    Water Tower Art: The Long Tan Battle of the Vietnam War


    Silo Art at Barraba


     


    Book


    Show Your Work: Ten Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon


     


    Tin Tin comics and Netflix shows


     


    Movies and Series


    The Greatest Showman


    Les Mis


    Oklahoma


    Hamilton


    The Crown


    The Chosen


     


    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


    Unschooling Community


    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community


    Youtube


    Sue Elvis


    Blogs


    Stories of an Unschooling Family


    Where the Carol Birds Sing


    Instagram


    sue_elvis


     


    Where You Can Find Imogen


    Blog


    Write.Rewrite.Read


    Instagram


    write.rewrite.read


    Youtube


    Imogen Elvis


    Books


    The Crystal Tree


    The Shattering Song


    Frost Hands


     


    Thank you for listening to this episode!


     


     

    • 1 hr 22 min
    185: Social Media, Hooks, Distractions, and Books

    185: Social Media, Hooks, Distractions, and Books

    This week, Imogen and I are discussing:


    Social media and video games: can we break the hooks that pull us in?

    Books: is it okay to use someone else’s ideas and create something of our own?


    In particular, we’re talking about the documentary, The Social Dilemma, and the books, Dust by Kara Swanson and The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell.


    We’re also telling a few family stories.


     


    Show Notes



    Things we mention in this episode:


    Indistractible and Hooked by Nir Eyal


    The Social Dilemma on Netflix


    Dust by Kara Swanson


    The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell


    Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


    Henry Lawson: poems and short stories


    Bleak House and Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens


    How to Train Your Dragon: movie and book


    The Princess Bride: movie and book


    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


    The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells


    Jeff Wayne’s musical, The War of the Worlds


     


    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


    Unschooling Community


    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community


    Youtube


    Sue Elvis


    Blogs


    Stories of an Unschooling Family


    Where the Carol Birds Sing


    Instagram


    sue_elvis


     


    Where You Can Find Imogen


    Blog


    Write.Rewrite.Read


    Instagram


    write.rewrite.read


    Youtube


    Imogen Elvis


    Books


    The Crystal Tree


    The Shattering Song


    Frost Hands


     


    Thank you for listening to this episode!


     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    184:Trying Not to Complain

    184:Trying Not to Complain

    This week, as the rain continues to fall, I'm telling a few stories:


     


    Wondering Weather I Should Iron


    The Elvis Connection


    Me? I'm Elvis' Wife


    Why I'm Wearing Stiff Undies


     


    Show 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


    Unschooling Community


    My Stories of an Unschooling Family community


    Youtube


    Sue Elvis


    Blogs


    Stories of an Unschooling Family


    Where the Carol Birds Sing


    Instagram


    sue_elvis


     


    Thank you for listening to this episode!


     

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Natalia.Gibson ,

Unschooling Narnia

Sue, I loved what you and your daughter did with the last episode! It was fun to step into the wardrobe with y’all and visit your own unschooling Narnia. I have listened for a long time and have heard about you and your family growing and changing and have finally gotten around to writing a review. I think as a podcaster you have grown so much and recently it sounds like you have gained even more confidence in what and why your sharing with the world. I liked the way you moved from topic to topic and related them to unschooling. You and your daughter were able to share with confidence and cohesion and I really enjoy that. I also appreciate that you share the hard things with us too but at the same time encourage your listeners and look for the growth and the positive in your experience. Please keep inviting your daughter and us listeners in to your wardrobe. I find it is like stepping into a lovely unschooling Narnia where I can hear of y’all’s adventures and gain inspiration. Thank you, Natalia

Lucky soda ,

Favorite Unschooling podcast!

I love listening to Sue’s calming voice! She’s such an encouragement. I think of her as my mentor- even though we’ve never actually met in real life. Reading Sue’s blogs and books are lovely experiences, of course, but when hearing her voice I can pretend we are actually just having a friendly chat while drinking our coffees (when in reality, I’m just folding laundry). Thank you Sue for being so generous and sharing your life with us through this enjoyable podcast!

amyleee217 ,

My favorite podcast

Dear Sue,
I have composed a letter to you in my head for many months now but I just have not been able to sit down and type it up.

I am a homeschooling mom of 2 living in Northern California. My children are 6 (girl) and 2 (boy). I was homeschooled myself with an unschooling approach, before it really had a name. Looking back now I can see how good it has been for me in my life, and I feel confident in my ability to homeschool my own children. Though I was homeschooled from 5th grade through high school, I was able to obtain a bachelors and a master’s degree.

I want to thank you for your podcast. I so enjoy your stories and your lessons. Whenever I start to doubt myself I look to your podcasts for reassurance, and am always greeted with just the help that I needed. Though we have never met, I view you as my supportive, informative, welcoming, nurturing, radical unschool mentor. I love your soothing voice and your mellow pace. It calms me down when I start to feel chaotic.

I know sometimes it may seem like no one is listening, but I am!! Please do not get discouraged. I hope you will continue to make more episodes. And I hope you and your family are holding up well during the current global situation.

Love,
Amy L White

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