Wednesday, February 1, 2012


We're so happy to bring back the Unschooling Blog Carnival. We hope you'll have as much fun reading it as we had putting it together.  Please link to it from your blogs, facebook, email lists. This way we can get the word out and find more wonderful blog posts to share!

Because it's February, we decided that the logical theme for
this month's Unschooling Blog Carnival would be  

All you need is LOVE! The Beatles had it right and so do unschoolers! We've found the sweetest video of them singing in a room full of people. Not the typical black and white scratchy film reel. So be sure to look at it.

And now on to the Carnival!
Be sure to leave some LOVE in the comment section when you go to the blogs to read these posts. Bloggers need love too!
Love, love, love. Love, love, love. Love, love, love.
Sue Patterson's "kids" are in their teens and twenties now and she often blogs about them in Lifelong Learning. She shares a little about what they are doing and how unschooling led them on three very different paths. Her list of what to love about unschooling as well as simply living and learning with children is in If I Knew Then, What I Know Now!

Cydney Romano writes about shifting her perspective and coming to a greater understanding of unconditional love in her post, The Legacy of Love, on her blog, Recording the Atoms.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done. 
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
 Christina Pilkington writes a blog called Interest Led Learning. She shares a peek into what they were up to last year with her blog post: Top Ten List of Our Favorite Unschooling Fun in 2011.  We love how her lists give a clear picture of what they've accomplished without any references to school or subjects! This  list of exciting "Firsts" is a fabulous journaling/scrapbook-type idea of recording life unfolding. We wish we had thought of it when our kids were younger!!

Lisa Nielsen, a public school administrator and teacher, writes a blog called The Innovative Educator.  We love the list she came up with in 10 Reasons the Innovative Educator Is In Love with Unschooling.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
It's easy!
Lindsey Wilson shares An Unschooling Adventure with her little Poppy Christine. We're so impressed with how much these newer moms are grasping about Unschooling concepts and principles. Learning so much about unschooling while Poppy is so little, gives them so much more to explore and get to know about their child throughout life. Read about it in, What I Love About Being an Unschooling Family.

Michele Holt writes a beautiful blog called Wabi-Sabi Home and Garden. But she went back into the archive to share a painful story about how her expectations and her sons didn't match up. In a day filled with frustration, Michele and her son discover that Love Always Wins.

Katie Pybus writes a blog called Outside the Box from West Sussex, England. Katie shares some of the struggles she has with one of her children in Only Love Can Break Your Heart.
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Pam Sorooshian blogs at Learning Happens ~ Unschooling Observations & Opinions.  Her post Love, Love, Love reminds us to look closer at what we parents do "out of love."   

Dayna Martin overcomes her own judgements about another mom in Love It Forward. She shares a story of how she was able to expand the unschooling philosophy from parenting to life, simply focusing on others' needs instead of their behavior.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you.It's easy!
Sylvia Toyama blogs about her life in My Square One.  In her post for the carnival, On Love, Sylvia explains how she sees unschooling as an expression of love. And because she chose unschooling, she has been able to have a deeper and even more honest love with her children; respecting, not reshaping, who they were meant to be.

Christine Yablonski shares For the Love of Friendship at her blog, Living the Unschooling Life. It's great to see a mom enjoying her hobbies, making friends, and just having a great time! When our children can see us as well-rounded human beings with interests of our own, it makes it that much easier for them to translate that into their own lives.
All you need is love, all you need is love.  All you need is love, love, love is all you need. There's nothing you can know that isn't known.  Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Our one male contributor to the Carnival opens in a typically male fashion. Frank (Cap'n Franko to his fans) blogs at Singularity.  He shares his musings in his Love Post.  The R & B stylings of Ernie-K-Doe and a knowledge of scientific concepts (that sometimes hurts my brain), help Frank as he meanders along, exploring how love surfaces for him and for others.
Nowhere that you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's Easy!
Alina Coryell, of Alina's Adventure in Home Making, celebrates many of the wonderful things About Love in this lovely pictorial post.

Katie shares a year's worth of highs and lows and reminds us that Love makes the pain of loss easier to bear in her post, 2011: A Year to Remember, from her blog, Creating Our Family.
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love (all together now!)
 Linda Wyatt has shared her insights into unschooling for years. When you read, "Dirty Gum Wrapper: A Post About Love that Changed Everything," you learn how her own education in the early days of the Sudbury movement seeded these unschooling thoughts in Linda.  Take a look at her new blog, Unschooling Me, for some great thoughts and ideas about unschooling.

Kate Fridkis writes about sibling love in Siblings at her Skipping School blog. Her writing style and introspection is really remarkable. AND, if you have time, you simply have to look at the gallery of Women Eating Cake. For love of cake! The pictures are FABULOUS!

Shan Jeniah Burton writes about Sibling Rivalry, Sibling Love at her blog: Unfettered Life  Read her reflections of how her own children relate to each other in comparison to the relationships she shared with her siblings growing up.
All you need is Love (Everybody!)  
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.
                                        Love is all you need...
                                                                        Love is all you need...
                                                                                                 Love is all you need... 

Thanks for coming to the Unschooling Blog Carnival! Hope you had fun reading!
You know what they say about March coming in "like a lion and going out like a lamb?"  Well that sparked our March theme: ANIMALS. Find out more, send in your blog post by the 25th!


                      Cydney & Sue

P.S. Be sure to look in the comments section for any late entries for the February Love Carnival! And if you're an unschooling blogger writing about love, you can add yours in the comments too! The more the merrier!


  1. There seems to be an incorrect link to Silvia Toyama's blog and post. They go, instead, to Christine's.

    Otherwise, it's a lovely carnival. Congratulations!

  2. Thanks, Frank. I'm on my way home. I'll fix it within the hour, :)
    Sorry, Sylvia!

  3. Done!
    Thanks for letting me know so quickly. Gotta love a team effort! :)

  4. So many posts! Brilliant, thanks for including me. It is really cold here in West Sussex England today so I have a date under the duvet with some great reads lined up later :)

  5. WOW!

    Look at all that LOVE!

    What a fantastic way to start off the new carnival. Congratulations and thanks for letting me write.

  6. I hope you're all working on something for the March Carnival!! Spread the word!

  7. I just found out about this! Wow! How COOL! I missed the deadline, and my love post is a little older. Did I read right that one could still post links here in the comments? If so, here it is: And many thanks for getting all these good words together!

  8. Dr. Tim's Topsy Turvy Pyramid of Love came in late but is still worth the read too!

    This unschooling dad talks about why loving and respecting what your kids do is fundamental to radical unschooling.

  9. I'm a little late in joining this month's theme, but here is my post on Love, and Unschooling Through the Hard Times...

    April at Flow of Love

  10. I'm late too... Found you via April (above).

    I'm linking to an older post (almost two years ago), about deschooling and Love. I hope to join in with new posts in the coming months.

    My post is here:

    I enjoyed my visit to everyone's sites!


  11. Nice i love it
    click here for For Amazing Love Quotes