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A free, web-based source of support and information about interest-based, learner-directed education for all ages (also known as life learning, unschooling, natural learning, and free-range learning). Life Learning Magazine was founded in 2002, so there are about four hundred articles on this site, and more are being added weekly. Our goal is to make our complete archive available for free on this website, in addition to all the newly published articles. Check them all out here.

The Right Thing to Do
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Because It Was the Right Thing to Do - We can educate and parent with trust and respect because it is the right thing to do, rather than to fulfil a parental agenda for our children. Read more.

Becoming a Peaceful Parent
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Healing Forward: On Becoming a Peaceful Parent - We can become more peaceful parents by realizing our best selves through the process of healing childhood wounds, thus breaking a dysfunctional cycle. Read more.

A Sense of Wonder
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A Sense of Wonder - As adults, we need to make the time to develop our own Nature connection and to nurture our own sense of wonder, in order to share that with our children. Read more.

What is Education For?
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What is Education For? - A grown life learner believes that education means looking for truth, testing beliefs, making choices...and having fun. It also involves learner choice based on interest.  Read more.

Out of the Box?
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Out of the Box and Into the Carton? - Despite the freedom to follow our interests, if we try to fit those interests into school subjects, we move from thinking outside the box to thinking inside a carton.  Read more.

Learning Without Coercion
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Supporting Children to Live and Learn Without Coercion - An unschooling mother of teens describes how they came to life learning, and how and why living and learning without school works.  Read more.

reacting to what they don't understand
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Pushing Back Against What They Don't Understand - Life learning and self-direction by children invokes many reactions when people aren't deschooled, including anger. Read more.

Did Einstein's Mommy Worry?
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Did Einstein's Mommy Worry? - In spite of differences among life learning parents, if they model intrinsic motivation, their children will be equipped to pursue their goals. Read more.

experiential learning
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Experiential Learning is Children's Work - Children learn experientially and, ideally, doing meaningful work in the real world, motivated by their interests and goals. Read more.

coercion and compulsory attendance
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Coercion, Compulsory Attendance, and Adultism - Why the use of the term self-directed education is not compatible with compulsory attendance at a school. Read more.

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