could never decide on a career. His father always told him “one
must keep learning every day”... and so he does. Educated to play
the piano and French horn, he moved over to the 5-holed Shakuhachi
bamboo flute. He cares for his organic pear orchard and vegetable
gardens, records flute and percussion CDs, promotes industrial hemp
as a boon for the environment and the rural economy, shares an off-the-grid
hilly rocky “farm” in Ontario, Canada, enjoys his grandchildren,
and is learning the dance of life alongside his wife Christina.
Natural Fields of Vision was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2005.
was raised on a horse farm by two teachers in Port Lavaca, Texas.
As a child she would play school with her teddy bears: lecturing
them, testing them, and even making report cards for them. It was
while obtaining her degree in education that Rebecca decided she
would educate her own children. Her philosophy of education was
turned upside down as she observed how much children learn the basics
from everyday things. She and her husband Rodney live and learn
from their three children in Victoria, Texas. Her article
Alphabet Soup was published in Life Learning Magazine
Mattei is a certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent
Communication. She was born and raised in Florence, Italy, where
she earned her Bachelor in Languages and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.
She moved to the USA in 1993, where she and her husband are parenting
their three self-educated children. Stephanie's core intertwined
themes in life are: spirituality, parenting and healing. Her article
Rocking the Boat Without Drowning Everybody appeared in Life
Learning Magazine in 2012.
worked in adult and child education in a previous life. She and
husband Norm have three adult daughters, two who went to school
and one who never did until she started college. Now, she and Norm
are nurturing their sense of wonder with grandkids. Her article
Living and Learning Science was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2004.
Katrin Bain is the author
of the PocketRescue parenting booklet series. She guides parents
to confidently parent from the inside out and offers them the tools
to build strong relationships with their children. She lives in
London with her husband and their two children. Her article
Flexi Schooling was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2014. For more articles, visit her blog:
learns alongside her husband and children in Concord, New Hampshire.
Her poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies in
Japan, Europe, and North America. She sings in the Songweavers a
cappella women’s chorus, volunteers with a refugee resettlement
program and blogs about her family’s reading. Her article
The House That Heather Built was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2002.
is a Canadian military wife and mother to two boys. Her family has
been life learning since the day their oldest was born. Melony spends
her days supporting her two busy boys as they follow what excites
them. Right now, this means fostering animals for a local animal
rescue, setting up aquariums, and discovering the history of the
automobile. She also leads a local naturalist club for home learners
and has recently reconnected with her love for writing and hopes
to do more of it as the boys begin to need her less. Her article
Supporting the Battle was published in Life Learning Magazine
passionately believes that nothing will stand in the way of the
thirst for knowledge when the right seeds fall on fertile ground.
She has seen this in her own life and those of her children. She
knew from the age of seven that she was a writer and writing has
been her passion ever since. She surprised most people who knew
her when she had lots of babies instead of pursuing a ‘higher’ education.
Her interest in children and how they grow has provided her with
plenty to write about! She is fascinated by the creative process
and the synergy created when a family live and learn together. Liadhan
has seven children and four adult stepchildren. She and her husband
Richard philosophize and write about life learning, nature play,
their experiences parenting two deaf children, and their wobbly
attempts at self-sufficiency at
Bicycles, Shoelaces, and ABCs was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2016.
is a well-known French Canadian author and activist. He studied
in France and taught literature at Concordia University in Montreal
before moving to the Quebec countryside with his wife Francine to
live a life of voluntary simplicity. His many works include the
well-known Dictionnaire de la langue québecoise and the
best-seller Petit Manuel d’histoire du Québec. He is a
tireless champion for the underdog and has long advocated for educational,
political, and social reform, including learning without school.
For the Sake of Our Children, published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2014, is an excerpt from
his book of the same name, published by Life Learning Magazine’s
publisher Life Media.
is an author, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the author of books
that include Better Than College: How to Build a Successful
Life Without a Four-Year Degree (Tells Peak Press, 2012). He
currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina and travels widely.
He owns Unschool Adventures, a travel company for self-directed
teens. His article Good Reasons to Skip College was published in
Life Learning Magazine in 2012. Learn more at Blake's
lives and works outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Brendan
and their children, Ryan and Morgan. She spends her days working
on the family’s rental cabin business,
dozens of eager questions from her children, and dreaming of a day
in which she is caught up on all of her ongoing household projects
(currently numbering approximately 349). Her article
Working Hard Like Peopleguys was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2008.
began her education after leaving graduate school. She
rides her bike (most days) to her part-time composition teaching
job at the local community college. Her most profound influences
include John Taylor Gatto, Daniel Quinn, her partner Ken, and her
four amazing children. She and her family are busy dreaming about
(and working on) turning three acres of farm wasteland into a self-sufficient,
permacultured homestead, integrating the natural world with the
best of human accomplishments. Her articles for Life Learning
Visual Thinking Strategies (2002), Who Owns English? Breaking
the Usage Rules (2003),
Run Bus Car Broken (2004), and
Cherries in Winter (2005).
firmly believes that the most important lessons she has
ever learned, she learned from experience. Those experiences have
taught her that she would rather live to learn than live to earn,
that there is more joy in helping a child discover her truest self
than in making sure she attends school every day and that if there
were no other reason to live, there would still be books. Becca
and her creative genius husband Scott reside in the present, reject
regimented education and embrace life learning, each other and their
daughter Grace Lillianna. Her essay
Reading With Grace was published in Life Learning Magazine
Gaye Chicoine is a photographer
by trade, mom to six life-learning young adults and partner to husband
Ed. She has authored two books, loves to travel and after 18 years
of unschooling, still enjoys helping her children with their life
directions and family business when it is requested of her. Gaye
has published a book Living Dreams, the story about her
family’s South American journey and the learning that resulted.
Her Life Learning Magazine essay
Prospering in the Real World is also included in the book
Life Learning: Lessons From
the Educational Frontier.
mentors homeschooling teens and their families around the country
through workshops, classes, conference calls, and personal support.
She also works as a "Happiness Consultant," helping clients
uncover their true selves and create lives that are authentic and
fun. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her own three
self-directed young people who make her laugh all the time and who
constantly remind her how precious and amazing human beings truly
are. You can find her at www.amychilds.com.
Her Life Learning Magazine article
Birthing Our Selves, Our Children, and Our World was included
in the book Life Learning:
Lessons from the Educational Frontier.
is a parenting coach and co-founder of a non-traditional
private school. She is passionate about helping parents find out
of the box schooling solutions for their children. She has been
married for almost seventeen years to a wonderful man named Darren
and they have two amazing kids. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in
Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) and a Master’s
degree in Educational Administration. She taught in the public school
system for almost ten years before making the leap to alternative
education. Her articles
The Winding Road to Educating My Kids and
Summer of Discovery were published in Life Learning Magazine
Robyn L. Coburn
had to start calling herself an “unschooler,” despite her
daughter’s young age, in self-defense against the numerous early
academics pushers surrounding her in her neighborhood and local
support group. In her past life Robyn has been a set, costume and
lighting designer in the theater, and a production designer and
set decorator in film. Her article
The Big Questions was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2011. And her essay
Unschooling is About Principles Not Rules was included in the
book Life Learning: Lessons
from the Educational Frontier.
is a grandmother with four adult children. The two youngest learned
at home for eight years and the family hosted a homeschooling support
group in Philadelphia. Marion is a writer and math professor. Some
of her published books are Dirty Details: The Days and Nights
of a Well Spouse (Temple University Press), and its sequel
Still the End: Memoir of a Nursing Home Wife (Unlimited
Publishing). Her poetry books include Crossing the Equal Sign
(Plain View Press), Truth and Beauty (WordTech Communications),
Closer to Dying (WordTech Communications), What I'm
Wearing Today (dancing girl press),Lights I Have
Loved (Red Dashboard Press), Sizes Only Slightly Distinct
(Green Fuse Press), Parables for a Rainy Day (Green Fuse
Press), and most recently New Heights in Non-Structure
(prose poems about learning - dancing girl press). Her article
The Many Subtle Faces of Authority was published in Life
Learning Magazine in 2007. Visit her website at
lives and learns with her supportive husband Stacy and their three
children in the Houston, Texas area. She has many passions, one
of which is experiencing this wonderful life journey with her family
and friends. When she’s not writing or playing Minecraft with her
kids, she works as a Master Gardener in her county, cooks, reads,
gardens, and supports her kids in all the things they are interested
in. She is passionate about the unschooling philosophy and loves
supporting others on their journey to life learning. She founded
the Texas Unschoolers Yahoo and Facebook page, as well as the Katy/West
Houston Unschoolers Facebook group. Her essay
Whispers is in Life Learning Magazine in 2013. Michelle
blogs about her life experiences at
is a freelance writer who has a PhD only because she didn’t want
to stop learning. She says her three wonderful children Julia, Emily,
and Sam have taught her how unnecessary school is for learning and
for thinking great thoughts. The family has enjoyed a busy unschooling
lifestyle outside of Washington, D.C. with dad Jim, a puppy, chickens,
and lots of wonderful wildlife. Her essay
Rules vs. Principles was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2004 and
An Unschooling Landscape in 2005.
Laurie A Couture
is the author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing
the Causes of Our Children’s Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and
Educating the Way Nature Intended, a licensed mental health
counselor, writer, artist, photographer, and voracious reader of
attachment parenting and unschool theory who is passionate about
human rights and Nature and writes and speaks about children’s human
rights issues. She has written a series of articles for Life
Learning about unschooling her adopted son as a single mother,
beginning with Freeing Brycen (Jan/Feb 2006);
Attachment Parenting Our Adolescent Life Learning Children was
published in 2011.
Pauline Mary Curley
is an Irish unschooling mom, lucky enough to divide her
time between the West of Ireland and New Jersey. In a previous life
in Europe (pre-children), she worked as a structural engineer, a
trade union representative and an adult literacy and numeracy teacher,
and co-founded a Women’s Center in Luton, England. She offers “All
About Ireland” library programs and homeschool workshops, and one
of her dreams is to encourage North American life learning families
to visit and explore Ireland. Two of her essays for Life Learning
Eye Opener: Changing my perspective on the importance of reading
and Passionate (About Unschooling) in New Jersey, a profile of veteran
life learning advocate Nancy Plent.
has pursued her own self-directed path most of her life, first choosing
to earn a degree in writing, then trying on many different career
hats: from teacher to astrologer, to clothing designer, to journalist,
to bed and breakfast owner, to homeopathic practitioner, and - when
this article was published - wholehearted cheerleader and support
person for her very self-determined 15-year-old figure skating daughter.
Norma founded CATCH, an inclusive non-directed community-based home
education support group in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her article
The Dinner Party was published in Life Learning Magazine
is the mother of two home-educated boys, ages 15 and 11 in 2016.
Before she had children, she spent fifteen years as a university
lecturer in Law. Her life was turned upside down when she faced
the intense challenges of raising two highly spirited children.
She found a willingness to explore her own inner world and applied
her skills in research to finding a peaceful way to live with her
children. She has developed an approach to communication and problem
solving that make conventional parenting tools such as punishments
and rewards completely unnecessary. She has recently published her
first book Joyful Parenting: The five skills to take your family
from Conflict to Connection, available on
Learning Magazine published her article
Deep Learning in 2016.
is the author of the book Science Experiments: Homeschool Style.
She enjoys a professional writing career and a life surrounded by
her family of life learners. Life can get hectic when everyone stays
home, but for Theresa and her family, there was never really any
other choice that made sense. Life Learning Magazine published
What About Socialization? Learning the Rules and Roles of Society
Gea D'Marea Bassett
lives in Seattle with her partner Doug and their son Zizi.
She was unschooled from birth until college and has an MA in Education
from Goddard College. Her thesis was on contemporary homeschoolers
in the Seattle area. Aside from traveling, cooking, and wearing
flip-flops, her current projects include pursuing a doctorate in
Education and unschooling, establishing a haven of exotic edible
plants in her backyard, and continuing to practice life learning
with her family. Her contributions to Life Learning Magazine
Free School or No School (2007) and Self Reliance in Life and
in Learning (2007) and included in the book
Life Learning: Lessons from
the Educational Frontier.
is an unschooler, cook, writer, and anarcha-feminist. She likes
to spend her time making tasty food, reading fantasy novels, blogging
about unschooling, and going on road trips with friends. She dreams
of someday living in the woods with friends and family, growing
tons of tasty food, and writing books. She lives in Montreal with
her parents, sister, kitties, and a big shaggy dog. You can read
more of her writing on
Among her articles for Life Learning Magazine are
The Necessity of Shakespeare (2010) and
When You Unschool, You Don't Unparticipate (2014). An
interview with her was also published in 2014.
family started homeschooling in 1985. Since then, she has
coordinated support groups, provided keynote addresses and advocacy,
written dozens of articles, and authored eight books, including
the classic The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child, The
Homeschooling Book of Answers, Homeschoolers' Success Stories,
The Art of Education, and Homeschooling the Early Years.
She continues offering news, information, and resources via her
website Parent at the Helm. Her article Short But Sweet: Homeschooling’s
Lasting Effect was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2002. She now runs the
Parent at the Helm website.
aged nineteen when she contributed to Life Learning Magazine,
is a thoroughly unschooled fantasy writer. She spent her childhood
dashing after whatever fascinated her, which mostly consisted of
online games, books, Scotland, business, and martial arts. Then
she fixed upon writing, and has been working to make a career of
it ever since. You can check out her novels Ever the Actor
and Scriptless at her
website. Her article
Secondary was published in Life Learning Magazine in
is the mother of six children. She lives and learns in Evanston,
Illinois and any other place that she happens to visit. All six
children have been unschooled from the start and that has been her
life work and passion. From the beginning, she was determined to
learn with them and that is what the family has done. She believes
that no one is always the student or always the teacher; learning
is, instead, an organic process in which we all participate and
thrive. Her article
When Unschooled Kids Grow Up was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2007.
is an illustrator and an author of books. But prior to that she
was an actress. She wrote The South African Illustrated Cookbook,
The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women and she illustrated a kid’s
book by M.J. Amani called Excuse Me, I’m Trying to Read.
Above all, she is a mother to three fast growing kids, and she juggles
her time between them and working on new books and projects. Her
Jump, Fall, Fly has just been published. Her article
Unschooling Success: TED Talks, Young Geniuses, Overwhelm, and Extreme
Admiration was published in Life Learning Magazine
is a radical unschooling/attachment parenting mother and the author
of the book The Unprocessed Child: Living without School.
Her unschooled daughter Laurie, who is the subject of the book,
is now an adult. Valerie's article The Unprocessed Child Goes
to College was published in Life Learning Magazine in 2004.
is a homelearning mom in British Columbia. In addition
to living and learning alongside her husband and two daughters,
Angela has been supporting homelearning families as a Learning Consultant
since 2004. Previously a public school teacher, having children
of her own changed Angela’s perspective around optimal learning
environments and relationships for children. With the birth of her
first child in 1999, Angela began an intensive hands-on ‘training’
with a developing realization that all learning is relative to the
development of peaceful and healthy human relations. Her article
On Socialization appeared in Life Learning Magazine
is a life long unschooler despite 13 years of government education.
She is the founder of Houston Unschoolers Group. She lives in Houston,
Texas with her four children and husband. Her article
Acquiring Reading was published in Life Learning Magazine
lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter. She is currently
working on the book she feels born to write: a memoir of her mother's
family and growing up in the 1960s. Susan is passionate about life
learning, books, crocheting, walking, and New York City, which is
her favorite place to take a walk. Her article
College Stories was published in Life Learning Magazine's
January/February 2014 issue.
is a freelance writer and the proud mother of two delightfully
autodidactic children. She is utterly fascinated with children and
motherhood, and can’t help looking on in awe at the incredible,
inscrutable learning process that daily unfolds before her eyes.
She is the author of the book The Well-Adjusted Child.
Her articles for Life Learning Magazine include
Zen and the Art of Unschooling Math (2005),
Doing Their Best, Naturally (2007),and
Of Swimming and Schooling (2007).
is a psychologist in Pasadena, California. In his book, Emotion-Regulating
Play Therapy with ADHD Children: Staying with Playing, he is
critical of medical approaches to the sort of behavior that gets
labeled ADHD in children. Instead, he views ADHD phenomenon as rooted
in children’s difficulties containing and expressing intense emotion,
and he offers a model of active play therapy to healthfully intervene.
In his forthcoming book, Back to Normal: Common-Sense Explanations
for Kids’ ADHD, Bi-polar, and Autistic-Like Behavior, he strives
to lay out the normal human meanings, motives, and developmental
glitches behind kids’ troubled and troubling behavior. His article
for Life Learning Magazine is entitled
Mental Disorders or Ancient Traits that Have Helped Kids Adapt for
along with her French husband Eric, and their two children – Freya
and Silas – lives in Denmark after spending ten years in France
and around the world. In addition to living and learning with her
family, Mette is working on a book and a website about sustainable
consumption and living on less. She was
interviewed in Life Learning Magazine in 2007 and then
wrote this follow-up
Choices in 2009.
lives and laughs with her family in Indiana. She planned on offering
her book Okay Kids, Time For Bedlam for a fee, but a renegade
letter “r” on her keyboard has forever doomed her to offering it
up for free. An excerpt entitled
The Cardboard Box Theory was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2005.
began unschooling shortly after the sudden death of her eleven-year-old
son. He had hated school and being away from home, as did his older
brother and younger sister. Lill realized that making children spend
time in a place that makes them miserable is no way to raise happy,
healthy kids. Because Lill is a writer, she began to put down on
paper the – mostly – humorous aspects of being secular unschoolers
in a small town in rural Maine. Now that her daughter is working
on a degree in Wildlife Biology and Sustainable Agriculture and
her son is pursuing an Art degree, she has published a series of
three humorous books. The Life Without a Field Guide Series
contains Funny You Should Ask, Humor Me, and Seriously?
and is available on Amazon and other outlets. Also check out her
website. Her article
Life Without a Field Guide was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2016.
is a recovering academic who has since embarked on a magnificent
life learning adventure with her young son. When not traveling,
they are happily homesteading on the Southern Oregon Coast. She
hopes to inspire and empower families to live more joyfully, sustainably,
and simply by requiring less and forming deeper connections with
their children as well as the Earth. Jenn is currently learning
to build sustainable houses from earth alongside her son and will
soon be further exploring her interests in Permaculture design and
practice. Among her articles for Life Learning Magazine
Natural Learning: Seeing the Forest Despite the Trees and
When Our Path to Life Learning: A Personal Evolution From Montessori
is a home educating parent living and working in Scotland. He resigned
from teaching physics in 1994 after coming to the conclusion that
learning ought to be experienced in a convivial, voluntary, and
non-coercive environment. He has spent most of his working life
performing music and teaching the guitar to students from beginners
to honors degree level in primary, secondary, and tertiary formal
learning establishments. His articles
The Learning Sweet Spot and How to Find It and
What is Successful Learning were published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2014. His
review of Ken Robinson's book Creative Schools was
published in 2015.
lives in New York State with her husband and three children. She
has been a support group organizer, workshop facilitator, speaker,
and writer on local and state levels but is really just a mom having
fun learning about the world with her kids. Her article Out of the
Box and Into the Carton? was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2003 and
Circles of Learning was published in 2006.
was unschooled through high school in rural Virginia. She then attended
Piedmont Virginia Community College, where she was selected as Student
of the Year and named the Virginia Centennial Scholar for being
the top Virginia Community College student in 2001. Erin graduated
from the great books program at St. John’s College in Annapolis
in 2005, and has since earned a Master’s in Education from the Curry
School at the University of Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys
hiking, traveling, and writing. Her article
Homeschool Prom and Other Oxymorons was published in Life
Learning Magazine in 2014.
after many years of working in small business, is now exploring
her interests and passions through life learning. She loves the
sun, her Australian Shepherd dog, and her husband. When she isn’t
mountain biking, practicing her public speaking skills, or reading,
she is writing about everything she has learned. You can follow
her on Twitter: @vkjocums. Her article
Discovering the Importance of Life Learning as an Adult was
published in Life Learning Magazine in 2017.
began homeschooling her daughters when they were small, using Waldorf
homeschooling materials. After a few battles of will, she noticed
that if she left items out from “lessons,” they would use them as
long as they were interested. A couple of friends told her about
unschooling and they were on their way. Since then, they have also
discovered and tried A local Sudbury School but both children have
chosen to come back to the unschooling way of life. Melissa enjoys
helping others understand curiosity-driven learning. She has a degree
in Elementary Education from Goucher College and has been married
to her husband David for 21 years. Her article
Immersion Education: Life Learning on a Horse Farm was published
in Life Learning Magazine in 2015.
writes poetry, children’s stories, and narratives. She also teaches
English as a second language, tutors online, and unschools her two
daughters. She loves to read, explore Nature, and train for marathons.
She lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Her article
Choosing to Participate was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2004 and
Beyond Academics in 2006. She also co-wrote
Free-Range Learning: A Dialogue? for this website.
is a minimalist with two storage spaces: a complicated woman of
nuanced contradictions. She is in her third decade of marriage with
her BFF. When not being a beach bum living and traveling in a broken
down, old RV, she’s probably fighting the good fight for patients'
rights. She and her child live with a rare life-threatening genetic
disorder: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and its gang of disabling comorbidity
hoodlums. She spends most of her time managing their health and
homeschooling through life learning principles. She writes open
letters to her daughter on her blog www.sage-living.org, and is
a firm believer in gentle self-deprecation, poised authenticity,
and puns (well placed or otherwise). Her bucket list includes being
a contestant on Jeopardy, but her fear of not knowing a single answer
in the form of a question stops her from auditioning. Her articles
When Your Child Proves You Wrong and
The Over-Scheduled Family were published in 2016.
is a life learning mom in Toledo, Ohio who enjoys experiencing life
and learning alongside her kids. Her article
Learning With Dinosaurs was published in Life Learning Magazine's
January/February 2004 issue.
is a self-described “grown up Homeschooler.” Her EZine featuring
the work (poetry, stories, ideas, art and more) of self-directed
learners was launched just as this article was being published in
Life Learning Magazine's first issue in early 2002. She is now a
mother as well as a designer, artist, and independent game developer
based in Vancouver B.C. Her article
Full Circle was published in Life Learning Magazine
is an educational activist, creative learning mentor, youth “life
path” coach, artist, writer, and mother of two children who choose
to not go to school. As teacher, she witnessed how children’s creativity
and individual talents were ignored and their love of learning corroded.
Inspired by thinkers such as Sir Ken Robinson, John Holt, John Taylor
Gatto, and A.S. Neill, she is passionate in her role as an
advocate for the transformation of the current education system
of “One Size Fits All.” Her articles have been published in Kindred
Spirit Magazine, The Green Parent Magazine and on her
Raising Children in a Digital Age was published in Life
Learning Magazine in 2015.
is living happily ever after with Jon, Dagny, and Rowan in Southeastern
Massachusetts. She is a passionate advocate of unschooling and respectful
parenting. Her articles have appeared in a variety of publications,
including Educational Freedom Press Newsletter and
Pandora’s Box Magazine. She is the author of the book Parenting
A Free Child: An Unschooled Life. Her article of the same name
was published in Life Learning Magazine in 2005.
homeschooled and attended numerous alternative schools
while growing up. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Vermont College.
Besides reading and talking, her favorite way to spend her time
is at the movies. Her article
Reading the Peach was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2002. When she wrote the article, she was working at Vermont
College as an admissions counselor and was a full-time Master’s
student studying poetry and literature.
is an unschooling, knitting, crocheting, reading, gardening,
homemaking feminist activist, and mother of three living in the
Baltic Sea archipelago. She keeps busy reading and learning new
stuff with her boys, cooking, running the family business, volunteering
at her local second-hand shop, and finding out what else can be
made instead of bought to keep her ecological footprint as small
as she can. She also blogs about her unschooling life at
and sells handmade products at
Unschooling and Changing the World was published in Life
Learning Magazine in 2015.
has four adult children who learned at home from k-12. She wouldn’t
trade the years they spent playing in the park, at the beach, in
the backyard, or in the house for anything. She wrote a book to
answer people’s questions about why she chose homeschooling and
started her own publishing company to publish Learning At Home:
A Mother’s Guide To Homeschooling, now in its third edition.
She has also recorded a children’s music CD, Brighten the Day
– songs to celebrate the seasons. Among her articles for
Life Learning Magazine are
Time to Learn: Conversations with Adults Who Learned at Home
Play is Self-Directed Learning (2007), which is included in
our book Life Learning:
Lessons from the Educational Frontier. You can learn more
at her website.
is a writer who homeschooled her two daughters for 15 years using
a unschooling/life learning approach. With her children now grown,
she continues her own studies online while writing and traveling
Canada for her husband's work. She is currently working on a book
based on her experiences and reflections on homeschooling. Her article
A History Lesson on the Bus appeared in Life Learning Magazine
in 2013 and
Reading Late was published in 2015.
is a recovering branding expert, whose 18-year career once focused
on creating campaigns for green/eco business, non-profits, and conscious
business. In 2008, California’s economy took a turn and she decided
to “be the change” instead of a victim. She and her then nine-year-old
son Miro began the process of redesigning their lives, with the
dream of spending stress-free quality time together. After closing
her business, and getting rid of their possessions, the pair hit
the road for a permanent adventure in mid-2009. They continue to
slowly travel around the globe, learning naturally. Follow along
and learn more about their new Project World School at Lainie’s
blog. Her article
Avoiding Teen Rebellion was published in Life Learning Magazine
is an unschooling veteran and the author of two books: Just 'Til
I Finish This Chapter and Tips and Tricks for Homeschooling
Survival. She has completed doctoral studies in Housing/Family
Studies at VA Tech. Her work has been published in a number of homeschooling
magazines. Her articles published in Life Learning Magazine
For the Love of Reading (2002) and two that were written with
her two unschooled teens: In the Blink of an Eye and
Walking a Tightrope (2008).
is a freelance writer living in Ontario, Canada. She holds a Bachelor
of Education degree (French) and is a certified TESOL instructor.
Before her career as a parent-educator, Janet taught French at the
elementary level and has taught ESL internationally since 1994.
World travel is the primary curriculum resource for her two homeschooled
daughters. A staunch advocate of community-based tourism, Janet
has made numerous presentations on the concept to community groups,
encouraging people to eschew corporate package tours in favor of
supporting local family-owned businesses. She writes about homeschooling
and travelling. Her work has appeared in
Natural Child Magazine
and a variety of other magazines. Her article
Whatever We Want was published by Life Learning Magazine
her husband, and two home educated children live in Johannesburg,
South Africa. She has been home educating for eight years; her oldest
left school at seven and her youngest has never been to school.
Claire and her daughter ran a social experiment for 365 days (January
1, 2013 to December 31, 2013). Claire's article The Importance of
Context appeared in Life Learning Magazine in 2013.
is a momma first and a traveller, writer, speaker, coach, and workshop
leader second. Her motto is “make more love” and she seeks to do
that in every aspect of her life - from raising her son to follow
his heart with love-based learning, to working with businesses to
help create more love@work and most recently through her work with
women as a one-to-one and group coach, leader of the Wild Rumpus
dance gathering, creator of the Mother Nurture sessions, leader
of the #lovebombyourlife - Epic day of awesomeness workshops, and
host of Sacred Space weekend retreats. She believes that the most
beautiful and amazing thing she has ever, or will ever do, is to
love and live alongside the beautiful being who calls her mummy.
How Unschooling My Son Also Changed Me was published in
Life Learning Magazine in 2015. You can read more at
and her husband have raised three incredible kids who always
learned at home in their community in the Pacific Northwest. She
earns her living working as a communications specialist for a non-profit
research and advocacy group focused on a clean energy future. In
her spare time, she enjoys writing, gardening, spending time with
her kids and animals, and getting outside whatever the weather.
She has published several articles and essays on a variety of topics
that include natural learning and parenting and is currently working
on pieces of fiction. Among her many essays for Life Learning
Unlearning Literary Analysis,
Filling in the Dots: What An Unschooling Family Learned From Tests,
Making Peace With War Birds.
lives with her “radical unschooling” family in the White Mountains
of New Hampshire. Dayna founded the group Radical Unschoolers New
England and enjoys supporting others as they walk the unschooling
labyrinth. Her article The Unschooling Labyrinth was published in
Life Learning Magazine in 2006 and also included in the
book Life Learning: Lessons
from the Educational Frontier.
is forever indebted to her parents for giving her a free
childhood. Twenty-nine years of adventures have taken her many places,
including on a cross-country bike ride where she met her True Love,
Jeff. Sarabeth and Jeff live in a cohousing community in upstate
NY, with their two boys, Ben and Jem, who have unschooled since
birth. Among the articles she has written for Life Learning
Magazine is What is Education?, which was also published in
the book Life Learning:
Lessons from the Educational Frontier.
earned an M.Div. and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology before embarking
on this life learning adventure with her seven-year-old son, Micah,
and her philosopher husband, Mark. Her passion is exploring the
intersection of gender and media, culture, psychology, parenting
and faith, especially on her blog, Gender-Wise, at
Her book is Saving Women from the Church: How Jesus Mends a
Divide (Barclay Press, 2008). Her article
Life Learning With Asperger's was published in Life
Learning Magazine in 2012.
who died in January of 2014, was an “educational heretic” who believes
that mass compulsory schooling is an obsolete, counterproductive
learning system which abuses human rights and should be phased out
as soon as possible. Dr. Meighan believed that schools should be
recycled as part of a flexible learning system that is invitational
and learner-directed. Author of ten books, he was a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Arts, Director of Educational Heretics Press, Director/Trustee
of the Centre
for Personalised Education Trust Ltd., and formerly Special
Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK. Among
his essays for Life Learning are
Some Educational Superstitions of Our Time,( 2005)
An Education Fit for a Democracy, (2005) and Restructuring Education,
which was also published in the book
Life Learning: Lessons from
the Educational Frontier.
worked with children for thirty-five years at the Albany Free School,
the oldest inner-city alternative school in the U.S. He is the author
of Making It Up As We Go Along, the Story of the Albany Free
School, Teaching the Restless, One School’s Remarkable
No-Ritalin Approach to Helping Children Learn and Succeed,
How to Grow a School: Starting and Sustaining Schools That Work,
and In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness.
His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world,
and in seven anthologies; and he has been featured on NPR’s “All
Things Considered,” CBC Radio’s “Ideas,” and many other nationally
syndicated radio shows. The father of two daughters, he lives with
his wife Betsy in Albany, New York. His article
The Self Organizing Child appeared in Life Learning Magazine
unschooled all her life, wrote
On Expectations and Learning for Life Learning Magazine
in 2003, when she was seventeen. At the time, she wrote that she
was loathe to leave her garden, her friends (er, family members),
their beautiful home, and the tiny town of Crestone, Colorado, nestled
against 14,000 ft. peaks. College was not a high priority at the
time, but writing was. Her article
Sticking With It was also published in Life Learning Magazine
passion is to learn and inspire through curiosity and adventure.
She is a corporate psychologist, wife, and mother to three girls.
She runs her own consulting practice while joyfully facilitating
her children's home-based self-directed learning. She has fifteen
years of experience in Fortune/Global 500 companies where she’s
led research on how people learn, how they perform, and how they
are motivated. She uses the principles of natural learning to educate
her children without school…..living and learning freely. Follow
her on her blog
Creating Curriculum the Natural Way was published in Life
Learning in 2015.
and his family live in Chapel Hill, NC. At home, he juggles the
roles of home-based business owner, writer, and unschooling, stay-at-home
dad. He loves sharing his passion for perspectives that may lead
to open minds and open hearts. Through being at home, he has had
the opportunity to ponder the less obvious aspects and impacts of
unschooling on life and society at large. He is an avid practitioner
of Tai Chi and Chi Lel and loves all outdoor wilderness pursuits.
Charlie is the author of two books, including Voyage Home: One
Family’s Experience of Unschooling. His article
Living for the Future appeared in Life Learning Magazine
homeschools her two children all over the Midwestern USA – currently
in Des Moines, Iowa. As she emerges from a fog of babyhood and multiple
moves, she is getting back to writing regularly. Her article
Playing School was published in Life Learning Magazine
Lynn Marie Murphy
is a teacher who has worked with Aboriginal youth in the north and
youth-at-risk in Toronto, Ontario. She is involved in social justice
issues, particularly those that relate to Aboriginal education and
youth who are psychiatric survivors. She lives in Toronto with her
partner Shawn and their three children Sabine, Simone, and Shea.
Redefining Home was published in Life Learning Magazine
is a family and adult entertainer (perhaps best known as the star
of the children’s television show Eric’s World and his work with
The Elephant Show), children’s recording artist, speaker, writer,
and relationship counselor. Among his articles for Life Learning
Was Very Little, published in our first issue in 2002.
has been teaching Spanish online in a variety of formats since 2007.
His approach was originally very structured and traditional, but
as the years have passed, his views on language teaching and on
education have changed dramatically. While still proud of the success
that his early efforts had, he now encourages as much student autonomy
as possible. David and his wife are raising five little life learners
of their own, and hope to relocate to Panama in the near future
to give their children the opportunity to broaden their horizons
and improve their Spanish. You can find out more about David’s foreign
here or by
reading his ebook,
Teach Yourself a Language. Life Learning Magazine published
Life Learning Languages in 2017.
Alan Oak is,
first and foremost, husband to Annette and stay-at-home stepdad
to two unschooled children, Kyle and Andrea. He is a passionate
Dungeons and Dragons player; a writer; and an activist for peace,
unschooling, sustainable living, and local foods. He lives in Richardson,
Texas. His article
Giving Up the Gold Stars was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2006.
is a retired engineer and a “September Scholar” living in the Smoky
Mountains of North Carolina. He has five children living in various
states throughout the United States. He is a voracious reader of
non-fiction with a great appetite for understanding, as guided by
his imagination and curiosity. His article
September Scholar was published in Life Learning Magazine
J.H. Raichyk, Ph.D.
is an author, professional mathematician, and decision
analyst with decades of applied experience in both the insurance
and retail industries, as well as fifteen years of extensive reading
and experience in education trends as a homeschooling mother. Among
her articles published in Life Learning Magazine is
Unschooling Graduation and the Great Shell Game (2002).
is a writer and youth activist learning on a long stretch of road
in the northwest, somewhere between Seattle and Olympia, where he
works with Olympia Community Free School. On his weekly visits to
Olympia, he occasionally stops off at an intentional community,
which was once his nest in the rural outskirts of Washington state’s
capital; it is the subject of his article
Unintentional Learning in an Intentional Community, which was
published in Life Learning Magazine in 2006. Paul plans
to complete his first non-fiction book within the next year, while
working to establish a media program for disenfranchised teens.
is the parent of five successful home educated college grads. She
served for 14 years as Associate Dean of The College at Brown University
where she reached out to homeschooled teens. After retiring, she
began consulting with primarily international and homeschooling
families seeking to attend college. She is the co-author, with David
H. Albert, of the book
What Really Matters(which contains essays previously published
in Life Learning Magazine. Some of those essays include
is Parts, and
The Curriculum of Beauty.
teaches in the faculty of education’s graduate program
at Nipissing University and edits the journal JUAL. He incorporates
the spirit of unschooling, democratic and learner-centered principles
in his classes. He is the father of two children. He says that everything
of value that he has learned, he has learned outside of formal schooling;
he has never taken a course in school connected to what he now teaches
and writes about. His personal schooling experiences as a student
and later as a teacher have inspired him to revolt against institutional
schooling, and he continues to heal from the wounds inflicted on
him by formal schooling. His articles published in Life Learning
Always Learning from Life (2006),
Thanks for the Trust (2006), and
The Value of Unstructured Free Play (2007).
Susan Rich Sheridan
is an artist, writer, parent, and teacher. She received her undergraduate
degree in Classics and English from Harvard College and her MAT
and doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts.
She has taught English and art at the middle school, high school,
and college levels. She lectures on her theory of education – Neuroconstructivism
– and offers workshops on her cross-modal practice – Drawing/Writing
– as well as multiple literacy strategies. Susan's books include
one for parents entitled The Scribble Hypothesis. Her
article of the same name was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2002. Visit her
is an accomplished classical and acoustic guitarist, singer/songwriter,
and writer. Ben is a graduate of Berklee College of Music’s Online
Master Guitar Certificate Program and is a first semester senior
Classical Guitar Performance Major at Nyack College. He has performed
as a solo classical and acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter
at many venues throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, as well
as frequently performing at Nyack College School of Music concerts.
In addition, he is a published writer, having written three subject-specific
articles for encyclopedias published by Grey House Publishing. His
A Unique Education was published in Life Learning Magazine
lives in Connecticut where she enjoys sharing her days with her
three daughters and her husband, Robert. She is most joyful while
writing, reading, or walking outside. Her article
The Evolution of a Life Learner was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2004.
holds a BA from Cornell University and a PhD from Columbia
University. She has spent ten years working for the International
Committee of the Red Cross in war zones. An accomplished photographer
and author of various biographical accounts and poems, she now lives
in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with her seven-year-old son who
is learning from life with joy. Her photography website is
Abstract Thinking was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2016 and
Free Learning - The First Months was published in 2017.
is a certified facilitator with Women Writing for (a) Change and
the Young Women Writing for (a) Change Coordinator. She facilitates
adult, young women, and homeschool writing circles. In her former
life, she was a middle and high school English teacher. She writes
about homeschooling and living with young children on her blog,
Sagetribe. Her article
How to Encourage Our Children to Write was published in
Life Learning Magazine in 2017.
is a full-time writer, life learning mom, artist, wife, and activist
from Missouri. Before homeschooling her sister and unschooling her
daughter, Sara taught in various capacities, from a European at-risk
program and college support services to American Red Cross service
corps. She has written for I'm Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write, Daily
Kos, the Institute for Democratic Education in America and dozens
of other publications. She also writes paranormal fiction. Sara
is inspired by nonconformists, guerrilla learning, autodidacts,
peaceful revolution, living outside the box, and above all, kids.
Visit her website.
Her articles for Life Learning Magazine are
Because I Said So (2013) and
Unschoolers Are at Ease with All Ages (2012).
is first and foremost a mom, wife, sister, and daughter. She runs
a small business from her home, works part-time out of the home,
and loves to learn about life all over again with her daughter.
She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, daughter, and a multitude
of pets. Her articles for Life Learning Magazine include
Saving Brianna (2011),
How Much Math is Enough? (2011), and Screen Time (2012).
is wife to Robert, and mother to 4 children, all of whom learned
at home. The family has also fostered over 12 children since 1996.
One foster son with special needs has resided with them since 1998.
Blooming Beauties and
The Art of Educational Illusions were both published in
Life Learning Magazine in 2004.
is the mother of three unschooled children. Her poetry
and non-fiction have appeared in several magazines and anthologies
in Canada. Her first novel The Unfinished Child deals with
the complex moral issues surrounding contemporary conception and
birth technologies. An amateur violinist, Theresa spends much of
her time trying to get her children to do their music practice.
She lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Her article
Am I Giving Them Enough? When Unschooling Feels Like Unparenting
was published in Life Learning in 2008 and
From Skipping School to Choosing School appeared in 2015.
edited John Holt's Growing Without Schooling magazine for
many years. Her books include Writing Because We Love To: Homeschoolers
at Work and A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled
Adolescent Girls. She enjoys mentoring young writers and is
on the staff at North Star, a program for unschooled teens. Among
her articles published in Life Learning Magazine are
Learning to Write in Freedom, which appeared in the first issue,
March/April 2002, and
Writing as Sanctuary, in 2014. You can learn more about Susannah
and her writing at her
(Hoffstrom) is a life learner living in the UK with her husband.
Until the age of fifteen, she went to public school, when she discovered
homeschooling and then life learning/unschooling. Among her articles
for Life Learning Magazine are
How Unschoolers Get Over Math (2011), We Are The Web (2013),
Jack-of-all-Trades Learning (2013).
is the mother of two life learning girls. After growing up in Germany
where school is mandatory, she now lives with her Canadian husband,
her children, and her mother on an acreage near Calgary, Alberta
with lots of cats, a dog and chickens. Her children have taught
her more about people than five years of psychology at university
did. Her article
Life Learning for a Child with Sensory Integration Challenges
was published in Life Learning Magazine in 2003.
and her husband Michael unschool their three sons in West Shokan,
N.Y. She is a certified teacher who has worked in public schools
and as a private tutor. She now lives and learns at home with her
family, cats, dog, chickens, fiber rabbits and vegetable gardens.
The Flow of Self-Directed Learning was published in Life
Learning Magazine in 2003 and was also included in the book
Life Learning: Lessons from
the Educational Frontier.
lives in Everett, Washington with his wife and three children. He
is a community-based educator in nearby Marysville where he works
to promote non-coercive learning and the development of true learning
communities. Jim invites response from readers who are interested
in joining the conversation on integrating learning with the rest
of our lives. He can be reached at
One of his contributions to Life Learning Magazine was
A Week in the Life of an Unschooled Teen.
is originally from New York, but found the love of his life and
made a home with his family in Northern Maryland. Besides being
a husband and father, he is an avid motorsports enthusiast and participant.
When he’s not trying to teach his kids the three R’s (Responsibility,
Respect and Racing), he spends his time learning from them about
life. His article
was published in Life Learning Magazine in 2006.
lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their daughter
who has never been to school. She juggles spending time with her
family, being part of an anarchist bookstore collective, seeking
out community and teaching history at Goddard College. Her essay
and Community was published in Life Learning Magazine
in 2008 and also included in the book
Life Learning: Lessons from
the Educational Frontier and the article
Life Learning History was published in 2011.
is a developmental psychologist with a particular interest in informal
and conversational learning. He has been a teacher at all levels,
from primary school through to university in the UK, Holland, Spain
and Australia. For many years, he has been a Visiting Fellow at
the Institute of Education, University of London, researching home
education, especially informal/autonomous/unschooling/natural learning.
He has written three books and worked with hundreds of home education
families in the UK, Australia, and Ireland. His articles for
Life Learning Magazine include
Learning Informally (2007) and
Unschoolers Learn to Read Without Being Taught (2009).
and her husband have mostly unschooled their children for more than
fourteen years. She hopes that one day her children will turn Star
Wars: Episode IV into a fully staged ballet. Her article
Homeschooling as Redemption was published in Life Learning
Magazine in 2012.
is an unschooling parent of Zoey and Luke, living in Victoria, BC.
She and her partner believe that children will find their passions
and take flight when given the space to do so. She is finding her
own wings through writing. Her article
Re-remembering (not to burden our unschooled kids with our expectations)
was published in Life Learning Magazine in 2003.
Laura Grace Weldon's
essays and poetry have been published in many magazines,
including Christian Science Monitor, The Mother, Atlanta Review,
and Geez. She's the author of the book Free Range Learning:
How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives on Bit of Earth
Farm with her family, who ever cheerfully suggest she take her singing
outdoors where the cows and chickens might enjoy it. Her articles
for Life Learning Magazine have included Expanding The
“10,000 Hour” Rule; Climb, Swing and Snuggle: Reading Readiness
Has to Do with the Whole Body;
The Drive to Discover (2013); and
Where Fascination Leads (2013). You can visit Laura online and
learn about her book at her
is a homeschooling mother, the coordinator of the Home Education
Network in Australia, editor of Otherways Magazine, and
co-author of the book Tales Out of School. She’s big on
informing and empowering new home educators but critical of anyone
who sets themselves up as a home education guru. Among the articles
she has written for Life Learning Magazine are The Joy
of a Reading Childhood, which appeared in 2012 and
Liberate Your Education: Unschooling Is Not One-Size-Fits-All
lives in the UK with her husband and son. Having taught in the education
system for over ten years, she now focuses on vocal and performing
arts coaching and writing. She is a passionate promoter of self-directed
learning and writes her own
blog for her
son, Miles. Her article
Let Them Sing was published in Life Learning Magazine
is a modern languages student in Bath, UK with the ambition of becoming
a writer/journalist. She homeschooled through A Level after reading
Grace Llewelyn's The Teenage Liberation Handbook and feeling
like an explosion had just taken place inside her head. She is passionate
about alternative education and learning, gender equality, and literature
and likes to rant about her ideas on her blog
She also contributes to the Smart Girls Group. When she is not writing
or reading, she can be found spending time with her family and friends
in South East England and Northern France. Her article Age Segregation
and Learning was published in Life Learning Magazine in
Reading for Pleasure versus Reading for School was published
is a Florida-based writer who, along with her husband Steve, unschooled
their three children. She has written for a variety of periodicals
and websites. Her first book The Food Allergy Field Guide: A
Lifestyle Manual for Families (Savory Palate Press) was published
in 2000. More recently, she is co-author of the book Makerspaces
in Libraries, for the series Library Technology Essentials
(Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). She is also the Regional Director
for FIRST STEM education programs in Central Florida, and a creative
partner at EurekaFactory.NET, which specializes in the development
of creative spaces and programming in public libraries and other
institutions. She contributed
What's Right With Being Wrong (2002),
Home Learning Walden-Style (2002), and The Language of Learning
(2003) to Life Learning Magazine.
is a homeschooling mother of three who lives in Northern California.
Once upon a time, she was an elementary school teacher, which
has been as much hindrance as help in her life as a homeschooler.
For many years, she has facilitated writing workshops for homeschoolers.
She has also written a book on nurturing the voices of homeschooled
writers. Her articles for Life Learning Magazine are
Homeschooling My MFA (2009) and
How Do Kids Really Learn to Write? (2012). You can
learn more about Patricia and her book at her
Nathalie Zur Nedden
left her home in Montréal, Québec and quit school at the
age of 13. She has been learning ever since, both through life experiences,
including world travel and university. Her Ph.D. dissertation at
OISE/UT was the life history of Life Learning Magazine
editor and unschooling / life learning advocate Wendy Priesnitz.
Among the articles she has written for Life Learning Magazine
are Home-Based Learning Inspiration From the Mocha Moms (2006) and
Learning to Build (2006).