UNSCHOOLING! The focus will be on what helps unschooling work better.

When people go to a homeschooling conference, it's likely there will be speakers who aren't homeschoolers and might not even know any unschoolers.

When unschoolers go to homeschooling conferences, the same thing can happen, in that even the homeschooling speakers might know nothing about unschooling.

And big unschooling conferences sometimes become disorganized circuses in which people can feel lost, and maybe do crafts or see a magician, but the noise and confusion are larger than the learning.

Time is missing from big conferences. Time to wind down slowly, and clarify, to laugh and to smile. Here, it's on the schedule.

After 18 years of presenting at conferences, I've heard many times that someone came just to hear me, or just to hear the unschooling speakers. Usually, the room I'm assigned is busy until just before time, and we have to get out quickly, or parents have to leave to get their children. We will have three adjoining rooms—one for toys and play, one for gaming tables and games, and one for the presentations and meetings.

Calmer, cosier, quieter.

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