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The Unschool Files

The Unschool Files

By Meghan
In this podcast you will hear from real life unschoolers on a range of topics on self directed learning and living without school. This is no “how -to” with experts but rather some of the nuanced and intersectional experiences in the unschooling community.
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1.7 liberated learning with catina of embark center

The Unschool Files

1.7 liberated learning with catina of embark center

The Unschool Files

1.20 where do we go from here?
episode 20 is a mini-sode! a quick check in, as we all plan and plot the year ahead lots of folks are joining the ranks of life without school and that leaves us with much to discuss. •who does that leave behind? •what is our responsibility to the collective, and our smaller communities? •how will we integrate what we’ve been learning in this heavy season with our lives going forward? •are there practices or beliefs in your life that are directly contradicting the progress we need to move forward? the virtual round table i’m assembling will be discussing this and much more nuance around where we go from here. staytuned and thanks for listening to TWENTY WHOLE EPISODES 🙏🏽
August 3, 2020
1.19 child rights with lucy aitkenread
in this episode, meghan is speaking with unschooling parent, lucy aitkenread of @lulasticblog ; a british mama living life without school in new zealand with her partner and two children. she’s a community organizer, child rights advocate, a writer, a speaker and vlogger who’s very life is a form of activism. this discussion is all about autonomy, consent and the rights of children✊🏽please have a listen and give the podcast a rating a review wherever you tune in 🙏🏽 Lucy’s Instagram @lulasticblog Life Without School YouTube Lucy’s Blog
July 25, 2020
1.18 living academia with bridgett
in this episode meghan speaks with homeschooling mama of 4, Bridgett on raising young people abroad with her partner in an eclectic way. books, gardening, fermenting...books, baking, hiking, food adventures...books, music, anime and so many trains. did we mention books? you’ll hear about her lifestyle of learning, Black children in nature and unpack some language within the homeschooling communities around the topic, their joy and unapologetic way or existing and all things traveling and Japanese. you can find her over at @she_wonders_ on Instagram
July 12, 2020
1.17 in the margins with alicia lucas
in this episode, meghan speaks with alicia lucas of @brick_city_homeschool, mother of 5 free humans -on Black, queer unschooling, her deeply personal story of her children finding autonomy (some as young as 2) with the support of language, normalization and representation. We also discuss the ways she finds safety in community while living life on the margins and her pursuit of liberation. she explains how difficult it is to be aware of the lack of safety for Black children (especially LGBTQ) in public spaces while also pushing back on conformity and steadfast in her mission to live fully no matter what. FOTFC Teen Unschooling and Online Community Unconventionally Brown Frame of Reference podcast Patrion Brick City Homeschool Antiracism Resource List
June 16, 2020
1.16 black lives matter
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June 1, 2020
1.15 decolonized unschooling with noah romero
in this episode, meghan is speaking with fellow unschooling parent and Phd candidate Noah Romero, on how we can begin intentionally decolonize our thinking, and practices and center the stories and experiences of indigenous people and people of color for a more just and equitable society. Much love to everyone here, and wanting to do better. I see you, and I’m glad you’re here! RESOURCES: Article on Critical Unschooling Convention on the Rights of the Child- Sex Ed law- Brian Ray article compilation of homeschooling facts and statistics derived from empirical research- PODCAST on Self Directed learning for a socially just world - Yes Magazine, decolonizing issue - A MUST READ for all parents-
May 23, 2020
1.14 what do you need? + self direction with raegan
in this episode, meghan has a special message and invitation followed by a chat with her youngest unschooler on how the time at home during quarantine has shown her some needs of her own that need tending and how she self directs.
April 17, 2020
1.13 it’s a weird time
corona virus. ugh. It’s a drag and it’s making us behave weirdly. but it’s serious business. in this episode, meghan talks about how all our reactions, commentary and judgment of others is being seen by our children, and can shape how they come out on the other side of this pandemic. • if you have things you’d like to share to add to this discussion - because it’s ever evolving and our awareness is necessary - please send them to or over on Instagram @theunschoolfiles
March 18, 2020
1.12 muddy puddles, mess + honest unschooling with crystal
in this episode, meghan talks with crystal from about her experiences in unschooling her 7, 14 and (newly minted) 18 year old. she embraces the messier side of childhood after a shocking revelation that recreating school at home wasn’t going to work for her family! she’s one that makes ya smile as you listen to her talk, and is so relatable y’all! Find Crystal in all the places! -
March 10, 2020
1.11 deschooling + everyting is everyting with akilah
in this episode akilah breaks down deschooling and designing a new relationship with life and partnering with our children without old power structures. she helps describe the need for community and the push-hold that can be much needed while in relationship with our kids, and give us some tools to make that happen. You can listen to Akilah and her daughter Sage here College Admissions for Unschoolers A couple of Akilah’s Essays Connect closely with Akilah on Patreon!
March 5, 2020
1.10 peeling back layers and mindset
in episode 10, meghan talks a little about the upcoming guests and how it will really help answer many of the questions the unschool files is getting in feedback. she lays some ground work to understanding the mindset that is unschooling vs schooly paradigm. if you’d like to be a guest on the podcast, or ask any questions - find us on Instagram @theunschoolfiles
February 24, 2020
1.9 expectations + bathrooms
in episode 9, meghan talks about what can happen when our expectations of our loved ones aren’t met, and what might be standing in the way of that. also, a totally relatable bathroom schpeal that is actually her clear confession, not a hypothetical!
February 12, 2020
1.8 setting boundaries while unschooling
in this brief recording of some rambling thoughts and practices of setting boundaries with the people you love and live with, meghan talks about some ways she uses boundaries and why they are important. by no means does this cover it all, but as we’ve entered the new year and are learning to care for ourselves better, take time for ourselves and set boundaries (sometimes for the first time ever) it’s important to remember not to hurt the ones you love with the space you need. communication is key!
January 10, 2020
1.7 liberated learning with catina of embark center
in this episode Meghan talks with Catina, an unschooling mother and staff member at Embark Center where teen members are opting out of high school for an experience that is self-directed. with the help of staff and community volunteers, members are forging a path all their own to adulthood that may or may not include classes but is always their choice. @embarkcenter
January 3, 2020
1.6 language freedom and harmful language
in this episode, meghan talks a little about her own encounters with problematic language while raising a free thinking teen and how they came up with a working solution to acknowledge and discuss while still having choice. how are you unpacking harmful language that may come up? maybe it’s not even your child, but their friend. our language is important as it can perpetuate harm... let’s talk about it.
November 29, 2019
1.5 frankenstein schooling with mari
in this episode meghan talks with american mama, mari on their life without school in tokyo and her son’s immersion to various cultures in and around asia. @theunschoolfiles @enchantingages
November 27, 2019
1.4 what unschooling is and isn’t
in this episode, meghan talks about a handful of myths about unschooling and talks specifics on reading, classrooms and curriculum, and even a little on some of the judgment of this process. this is a quick debunking from experience and welcomes anyone to listen to try and understand a little more about what unschooling is, and isn’t
November 21, 2019
1.3 how unschooling unfolded with jason
in this episode, meghan has a conversation with her partner who was an unschooling “drop-out” who decided self-directed learning was a better use of his time as a teenager. they discuss some of benefits of living without school and also some of the struggles as a young man out in the workforce while his peers were in the classroom. @theunschoolfiles
November 13, 2019
1.2 finding balance in unschooling
in this episode, meghan speaks on some ways to personalize your unschooling experience to fit the members of your family best, and tools she uses to keep some balance in it all
November 1, 2019
1.1 meet them where they’re at
in this episode meghan discusses the periods we all experience where we begin to question our choice to live without school. old programming and how to get back to the reasons you chose this path. to meet your children where they’re at.
October 25, 2019
1.0 welcome to the unschool files podcast
in this brief intro, meghan shares the intention of this podcast and community. you can join the conversation over on Instagram @theunschoolfiles
October 24, 2019