A Video About Our Unschooling Day


Who are your heroes – the everyday folk or world-famous icons – that you admire most?

How we can learn from our heroes

What is it about these people that you especially respect? Do they have anything in common? You don’t have to admire every single thing about your heroes – it might be just one or two qualities.

The qualities we admire in others can give us useful clues about strengths we’d like to cultivate in ourselves.

I first did this exercise a few years ago after reading the book Do More Great Work. My heroes included Steve Jobs and Sue Elvis (the unschooling mum behind the blog Stories of An Unschooling Family).

Making a difference means taking risks

What all my heroes had in common was that they were each, in their own ways, out there making a difference in the world. They didn’t wait until they had a perfect product before they put themselves out there. They knew that, if they waited, their ideas might never see the light of day.

In Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull advises:

‘Don’t wait for things to be perfect before you share them with others. Show early and show often. It’ll be pretty when we get there but it won’t be pretty along the way, and that’s as it should be.’

Sue Elvis – now a friend, I’m happy to say – continues to inspire me in the way she’s never afraid to publicly try new things. When I woke up yesterday morning to a new video Sue had made I thought, ‘Why not make a video of my own?’ So here it is – my first Navigating By Joy video!

My non-pretty video about our unschooling day

I recorded my video at the end of a lovely day with Cordie and Jasper. I didn’t do anything special to prepare. The little bit of make-up I’d put on in the morning had disappeared with the tears of laughter I’d cried during the day. But . . . ‘Don’t wait for things to be perfect…’!

In the video I talk about our day and the different ways my children learn.

Cordie showed me how to trim the ends of the film, but other than that it’s unedited.

Would you be kind enough to watch and let me know what you think? (Kind feedback appreciated!)


Perhaps I could make a short video every now and then, sharing what we’re doing. I could record the audio separately as a podcast for people who prefer to listen as they get on with other things. What do you think?

Show Notes

Here are links to the resources I mention in the video. Let me know if I’ve missed anything. 🙂

Periodic Table of the Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray


Let’s Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together and Enjoy It by Denise Gaskins

Let’s Play Math (blog)

Ken Ken logic maths puzzles app (find out more about KenKen on wikipedia)

Study Ladder UK educational website for children up to year 7 (grade 6). Access a limited number of activities for free, or payfor unlimited access.

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR by Susan Wise Bauer


Tony Robinson’s history books, engagingly read by the author as audiobooks. Jasper learned about the Charge of the Light Brigade in Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders British

Florence Nightingale Museum in London. If you can’t visit in person, you can still learn how this extraordinary woman’s ideas transformed modern healthcare by visiting the museum’s website.



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28 thoughts on “A Video About Our Unschooling Day

  1. So lovely to see you in video, Lucinda!
    Thank you for sharing about your day. I absolutely LOVE reading/viewing day-in-the-life homeschool write ups. I find it fascinating and inspiring to see how other people manage their days and how their days unfold.

    There are so many different ways to homeschool and I fluctuate between extreme confidence and knee-buckling doubt regarding the way we do things.

    Please keep sharing about your days. I’d love to hear more about how the choices are made and how the children transition from one thing to the next. Do the children have any ‘must dos’ each day/week? Are there any ‘must not dos’? Do you need to address anything in particular for your legal requirements where you live? Unschooling has plenty of different flavours, I’m sure. I’d love to hear more about your flavour.

    So many questions! :o)

    1. Thank you so much for watching, M, and for your encouragement! I really enjoyed chatting on camera and it seemed to cut through my perfectionism so I’d love to do more. 🙂

      Thank you too for all the ideas about what to talk about! I love hearing about other people’s days, too – I know what you mean. I’ve picked up so many resources and ideas that way (and from my conversations with you!).

  2. PS. My 10yr old LOVES that Theodore Gray book. It has got so, so, so much use here.
    Have you got the app that goes with it?

    Do you have the follow-up book about molecules? It’s on my wishlist.

    1. Thank you – we just got the app, I hadn’t known about it before. I especially like the Elements in Action one, with the videos. We do have the Molecules book, too. I’m hoping Jasper will be up for reading it after we finish the periodic table one. Those 2 books are my main rewards for writing this blog, actually – I paid for them both with my Amazon Associate earnings. 🙂

      I shall update the resources list now to reference the app.

  3. Lucinda,

    How wonderful to see you not only back on your blog, but also in person in your video! You did such a great job. I enjoyed hearing about your day very much. I hope you will make many more videos. We shall have to encourage each other to keep vlogging!

    1. Sue,

      Thank you! For both the inspiration and your generous encouragement. Maybe it’s because I’d just finished the presenting course, but I really enjoyed chatting in front of the camera. I can get a bit caught up with perfectionism when I’m writing, but chatting doesn’t feel quite so scary. (Which sounds funny when I write it like that. How can writing be scary?!) I’m going to go back and check out your post about podcasting soon, too. 🙂

      1. Lucinda,

        I missed the beginning of your post entirely. How could I have done that? I raced right down the page eager to watch your video and see you in person and forgot to return and read your post. Later, I remembered the word ‘heroes’ and began to wonder how that fitted in with your video, so I had to return and find out. Oh my, I didn’t expect to find my name in your post. Thank you so much for your very kind and generous words. I love how we can share ideas and encourage each other and deepen our friendships along the way. I don’t know what I’d do without my friends. Without you, I would have given up long ago. I remember meeting you on one of my blog posts, one of the maths ones. We chatted and connected and look where it has led us! We’re both writing and vlogging and we shall podcast together, I’m sure. Lucinda, you are an inspiration to me too. Let’s keep on being brave, trying new things, learning and having fun together.

        1. Sue, It sounds like you read posts in a similar way to me. (A good reminder of why sub-headings can be useful, perhaps!) Thank you for commenting again. I’d been a bit worried that my effusiveness had embarrassed you! I once spoke to another blogger who became very uncomfortable when other bloggers publicly complimented her. I think there was some (American/English) culture clash going on in that case, though. I don’t think there’s too much culture difference between you and I.

          One of the reasons I remember doing that heroes exercise so clearly is because I did it on while exercising on the cross-trainer on a cruise ship! It might have been a little while after you wrote about how to use upper case / lower case in blog post titles. I remember feeling a connection with someone else who wondered about the finer points of punctuation, too.

          Thank you for your kind words. And yes – here’s to being brave, learning and having fun together! 🙂

  4. It was lovely hearing your voice after reading so many of your posts! 🙂 and you were so relaxed. I did have trouble hearing you even with my volume up high. Thumbs up to the flow of your day and letting learning occur as part of your life! We are doing cooking lessons (me teaching N and G at home) and I taught them how to make homemade bread today. It was neat to watch as reading, writing, problem solving, US President research all unfolded in between steps of bread making. Then we used N’s bread for BLTs for dinner to go with the corn on the cob we picked up at the neighbor’s farm on our way home from the library! Of course you need an apron for cooking lessons …so we had sewing lessons first and made aprons. The US-schooling life makes me smile!

    1. Angie, Thank you so much for watching my video and for taking the time to comment. I did wonder about the volume, so that’s very useful feedback. Cordie says I can increase the sound when I’m editing, so I’ll be sure to do that next time.

      I love the sound of your us-schooling day. (And it has my mouth watering, although corn on the cob is sadly off the menu here for a while as Cordie just got braces.) I can just imagine your day unfolding with lots of smiles and learning!

  5. Lucinda,

    Thank you! Loved watching this and hearing about your homeschooling day. You’ve inspired me over the years and this year, with my youngest two boys (7 & 9) we’ve made elephant toothpaste (based off your instructions) and we’re reading much more than we have in the past.

    Because we’re doing Medieval History, we’re reading through Story of the World, Vol. 2; Mystery of History, Vol. 2; An Island Story by H.E. Marshall; Famous Men of the Middle Ages; and other things as well. We’re also reading The Hobbit, and we’re having a marvelous school year, so far.

    I’m a writer, an avid reader, and an artist, but sometimes it’s actually more difficult to do these things with my children. Perhaps because I have six children, I guard my down time and all of these things I use when I “retreat.” I’ve found it’s far more satisfying to share these experiences with my children and I love doing school with them now. Well, math still isn’t my favorite, but we look forward to history and read aloud time.

    I’m looking forward to more videos! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Marla,

      It’s always lovely to hear from you. Thank you for watching my first video. It’s nice to know I’m not talking to myself!

      I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying doing school with your children so much at the moment. Read aloud time is my favourite part of the day, too. It sounds like you’re reading some wonderful books together. We haven’t read from Our Island Story for a while – I might pick it up again now that we’re many centuries further on.

      I can imagine how important it is to make sure you have enough downtime when you have a large family. No matter how much we love our children and enjoy spending time with them, we can’t be good mums if our needs aren’t being met. I know how important my mini-retreats are, and I only have 2 children!

      Thank you again for your encouragement, Marla. I appreciate it very much. 🙂 Have a great day, too!

    1. Thank you for mentioning me on your FB page! I couldn’t see how to follow your page? Perhaps I need to send you a message? Lovely to see pics of you and your smiling family there. 🙂

      I do have a Navigating By Joy facebook page but I’ve never used it so at the moment it only has 17 followers! If I’m going to do videos I think I’ll start using/promoting it. (Now I’ve learned how, thanks to my Laugh, Love, Learn page.)

  6. Thanks for sharing your day with us via video. As a more traditional styled / type A homeschooler, I’ve always wondered how others successfully unschool. Thanks for showing another perspective of the homeschool movement in your home. How learning is a spontaneous thing whether directed or not.

    1. Thank you for watching my video, Nita. You’re always so generous with your comments. I like seeing how you homeschool, too. Isn’t it great that there’s room in the world for each of us to home educate in the way that suits our individual needs and those of our children? 🙂

  7. Just got around to watching this – you’re so articulate, and what a lovely insight into your day! It was really inspiring 🙂

  8. I am in awe – such a brave step to take! Kudos to you for stepping out and doing something new. You mentioned a podcast as a possibility – I would love to see that happen as I can squeeze podcasts into my day where a video won’t fit. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to watch, and for your encouragment, Mary. I’ve been wanting to try podcasting for a while and did a presenting course recently so I decided it was now or never to put myself out there!

      I know what you mean about finding time to watch v listen to podcasts. (I really don’t get how much my kids like videos.) Apparently recording a podcast is less time-consuming than making a video, too. I’m definitely going to give it a go soon.

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