A typical unschooling day, +autism

People are always asking what an unschooling day looks like. The answer of course is that every single one is different. And with autism? Of course every kid on the spectrum is so, so different. But here is one of our days. The day could be said to start the night before. At night with... Continue Reading →

Normal Normal Normal

I've had a fresh dose of family this week trying to convince my husband and I that my daughter is not on the spectrum. I'm trying to take this in peace instead of getting angry. I'm not happy with the idea that saying my daughter is "normal normal normal" is a compliment, not when it... Continue Reading →

Froodle, by Antoinette Portis

My daughter's autism diagnosis process involved piles of paperwork, doctor visits, and a visit to a central observation office where we did more paperwork and hours of observation. The day before that visit I was nervous. I had spent a year wondering and waffling, and I felt extremely anxious about labeling her, about how that... Continue Reading →

Unschooling Fun

I'm 39 weeks pregnant, waiting for baby, feeling huge and very slow and with lots of practice contractions slowing me down. Plus my daughter and I are sick. Which means we've basically stayed inside our house for two weeks. I was worried about this time period, and the time with a newborn, well over a... Continue Reading →

Unschooling and the Autism Spectrum

My daughter loves stories, particularly about taking care of animals. She has an insane vocabulary, so if you sit and listen, and ask just the right questions, you may get to hear a 45-minute story about the adventures of seal, turtle, and momma and baby bird. She loves making things, so she might be building... Continue Reading →

Too difficult for grown-ups

I didn't post for a while as I finished--and recovered from--graduate school. I put aside this winter to do some "deschooling" as unschooling families talk about, some finding myself, some peace after 25 years of school and pressure. A friend I know watched the tv show Cops for 6 months after she finished her dissertation.... Continue Reading →

Continual surprise

My daughter and husband are out in the forest, going on a "hike" which these days means talking with her about all the cool sticks and rocks and leaves she finds for about a half mile. I just received a text that she was pretending to be Beaver Boy (from Peep and the Big Wide... Continue Reading →

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