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Boy can never get enough of the Myan drumming show in down town Playa Del Carmen. The drums call him. Beachside entertainment in Mexico 🇲🇽! Love to travel? Want to follow our 5year plus travel journey? Check out our videos on our YouTube channel. Link in bio @liveasyoudreamlife

Love this image for so many reasons. Big sis, big smiles, looking after baby bro, México bus travel, daytrips, travel life and more... We LOVE to uterlise the local buses or “collectivo” vans here In México. In fact bus travel wherever we go is part of the local experience you really don’t get in an Uber, rental car, taxi or air conditioned coach. Yes the kids moan sometimes a bit about a little longer journey, but it’s rare and in fact the cultural experience i know is ingrained in their memories more than the back seat of a car. That’s not to say we don’t take Taxis, we do, but we have far more interesting tales from a busy bus ride. We can’t imagine going anywhere and not experiencing the local transport, but I know for some a rusty, dusty, noisy busy is not there idea of fun. Shame. You’re missing a real trick. I remember us navigating the Bangkok city streets and neighbourhoods by bus, it was incredible to see the city in a new light. How many of you travel with your kids on local transport when you travel?

Well. After driving around for 45 mins instead of 15 and arriving half an hour late to a 1 hour session...all thanks to the sat nav! Esme had a fab (albeit very quick) session with the wildlife trust and some other home ed families. Didn't make the bird feeders BUT she made fire!!!!! She was getting really downhearted but was so proud when she mastered it! #makingfire #wildlife #nature #learningnewskills #outdoors #homeeduk #homeed #homeeducation #deschooling #unschooling #childhood #childhooduninterrupted

Today we have done some very creative independent writing (about monsters called butt warts 😂) A walk around our local nature reserve exploring how it's starting to charge now winter is setting in! And making our own play dough! #afridaywellspent #independentwriting #creativewriting #creativity #suttonpark #naturereserve #nature #heathlands #wetlands #marshlands #marshes #nature #autumn #winter #winteriscoming #ice #frost #frostbitten #homemade #playdough #homemadeplaydough #homeeduk #unschooling #deschooling #childhood #childhooduninterrupted

Someone's been baking!!!!! Esme has made mince pie tarts! We've then experimented with the remaining pastry and how it changes consistency and texture when adding different amounts of liquid and flour! #baking #christmasbaking #yummy #funathome #childhooduninterrupted #childhood #deschooling #unschooling

2 weeks of home ed done!....and I'd already be rich if I had £1 for every time someone mention 'socialization' 🤦‍♀️ Even to the point Im having people tell me I MUST get her into 'after school' clubs or she'll struggle later in life!!! I honestly worried more about the way she socialised at school than I do now! If more people understood home ed then people would be less judgey (and I can guarantee more people would doit!!!!) If you have questions about the way we've decided to educate our child...ASK! Don't tell me it's wrong! #homeschooling #homeed #freedom #choice #childhooduninterrupted #childhood #deschooling #unschooling #becuriousnotjudgemental

It's not even 8.30 and I've been attacked with chalk 😭😂 #lifewithkids #lifewithgirls #childhood #childhooduninterrupted #chalkattack #chalkplay

This one had a whale of a time at soft play today with her 2 new buddies! They spent 3hrs running round a soft play centre. REAL socialization rather than the forced environment of a classroom! You have to make a decision based on individuals, some children thrive at school....others rebel against the system 😉 #minirebel #funday #softplayfun #socialising #childhooduninterrupted #childhood #deschooling #unschooling

Looks like mini pace number 3 had a good day today!!! Wednesday is split between Nanny & daddy while I work! Today she's wrote a #lettertosanta gone on a #dogwalk done colouring, a maths game, some spellings & baked #freshbread 😍 She did the bread completely by herself with supervision! We had it with pasta tonight and it was yummy! #ourhomeedjourney #unschooling #deschooling #homeeducationuk #homeeduk #homeschooling #childhooduninterrupted #childhood

I watched Esme today and it dawned on me that had she been in school then today would have been an indoor wet play kinda day! Because when it rains they have to stay indoors🤔 And I get it, to an extent! Possibility of more accidents on the playground etc! But imagine being 6! And being tied to a desk all day and not being able to get out at any point to let off steam!!! Instead today she's run around in a disgustingly muddy wet forest and explored mud!!! All the time discussing how mud huts are made and how wet is too wet for good mud hut mud! (for anyone who doesn't know...Esme wants to live in the woods when she's older. Either that or somehow become tarzan 😂) Then back home in the warm for Christmas crafts and an epic game of hide and seek! #homeschool #deschooling #homeed #unschooling #homeeduk #childhood #childhooduninterrupted #forestwalks #letthemgetmessy #woodlandwalks #muddy #muckypup #lifewithkids #homeeducationuk #freespirit

How we spent our afternoon! This week we've been to the library, done a tonne of craft work, been on long walks, had a play date, started learning how to play chess, created lots of her own characters, she's read more and spent lots of time singing, LOUDLY! There's a whole load of reasons we've opted to home ed this mini pace, from the 'system' to strongly believing she was truly unhappy. This week her brother has commented just how happy she's been, she's been a ball of happy hyperactive energy all this week 💕💕 #homeed #homeschool #deschooling #unschooling #childhooduninterrupted #homeschoolinguk #slowyourselfdown #lifewithkids #lifewithgirls #autumnwalks

Wow it's windy outside!!!! We're currently having extra big cuddles on the sofa (dog included!!!) Then we're off to play with friends ❤ #childhood #childhooduninterrupted #slowyourselfdown #buildingfriendships #cuddles

It's 10am, pouring with rain and cold outside! And you're just casually learning how to play chess. In your Pjs. Sitting on the table. Happy tuesday! #chess #learning #slowyourselfdown #childhooduninterrupted #learningthroughplay

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-11-24 10:36:59

Day 24 of #naturallearningnovember from @yournaturallearner Confidence: As a homeschool mom I wish I had a fraction of the confidence my children have in their abilities. “To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves...and most of us were taught as children that we were not to be trusted.” -John Holt ❤️ #themottschool #selfdirectedhomeeducation #simplehomeschool #confidentkids #childhooduninterrupted #homeschoolfamily #trustchildren #learningallthetime #authenticchildhood #lovethemfiercely #homeeducator #homeschoolmom #unschooling

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-11-22 18:11:46

Day 22 of #naturallearningnovember from @yournaturallearner Connection: the authentic sibling bond and connection is one of the many reasons we #homeschool . It allows our children the time and freedom to be together, to work through disagreements and feelings, and to build a real lifelong connection with each other. I am so thankful for this. ❤️ #themottschool #selfdirectedhomeeducation #simplehomeschool #simplejoys #letthembelittle #homeschoolfamily #childhooduninterrupted #childhoodunplugged #wildandfreechildren #siblinglove #authenticchildhood #siblingbonding #siblingconnection #thankful #blessed

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-11-21 12:21:35

Day 21 of #naturallearningnovember from @yournaturallearner Discover: this is what #selfdirectedhomeeducation is all about. Allowing our children to explore, discover, and learn through their own means. I’m just here to guide and answer questions. 🌿🍁🌳 #themottschool #simplehomeschool #wildandfreechildren #childhooduninterrupted #runwildmychild #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #letthechildrenplay #playingislearning #homeschoolfamily

Jaden Davis
(@jadiephotography)

2018-11-14 07:31:07

‘One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.’ - Krishnamurti #shadow #unknown #allegory #childhooduninterrupted #fort #austin #texas #jadiephotography #dailynevada #sothisis4

Some things never grow old. Sand, water play and old books are apparently not what an almost 9 year old needs...I wholeheartedly disagree. Play has no age limit, old books are timeless and always relevant and beautiful and delightful; delight, strangely absent in our modern lives. I hold on to it, in my own life and the experiences I will never deny my kids, because they are ‘too old’!! . . #homeeducation #ourhomeschoollife #enchantededucation #letthembelittle #letthemplay #childhoodunplugged #childhooduninterrupted #homeed #homeschooling #myhomeed

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-10-18 07:56:18

Emma has been talking about space and being an “astronaut pilot” recently, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity for a family trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. But it turned into an impromptu mommy/daughter date when we realized James was not going to behave well enough to go out in public. On the drive to the USSRC, I felt awful that James (and Ryan) had to miss out. But I decided to push those feelings to the side (for now), and I made the most of it with Emma. We had a really wonderful time, and it was great to be able to focus on just one child’s needs for a bit. Later that day, I revisited the events that led up to James not being able to go. What was my role in all this? What did I need to change in my behavior to help my child be more prepared to handle stimulating environments? Do I need to adjust my expectations? Why did I expect two children with different strengths and weaknesses to behave exactly the same? I know I’m not the only parent who has experienced this situation which is why I share this story. I went back and forth for a few days trying to decide if it was worth chronicling publicly. My hope is that if you have similar struggles, you know that it’s okay and there are some questions you can ask yourself to help you when these situations arise again.

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-10-10 20:12:46

These types of images make my heart happy. Learning just comes naturally to children, and I wish adults understood that more. Children want to understand their world, how things work, why certain things happen, the feelings and reasons that propel those experiences. Learning does not need to be forced, coerced, or even rewarded. Learning happens just from living life. So here’s to the children who have so much to show us about life and learning, may we always remember their awareness of the world. 🌎 #themottschool #selfdirectedhomeeducation #simplehomeschool #letthembelittle #letthechildrenplay #littlepiecesofchildhood #interestledlearning #wildandfreechildren #teachyourown #learningallthetime #authenticchildhood #mindfulmotherhood #outdooreducation #learningoutside #notallclassroomshavefourwalls #unofficialclassroom #tls_nature #myplayfullearner #childhooduninterrupted #childhoodunplugged #learningwell #simplechildhood #simplejoys

loving the families I get to chase around and take pictures of. ESPECIALLY the ones who let their children embrace the dirt, the rain , the unknown and have some fun! let those kids explore. let them wonder. let them be kids and let me continue shooting these special fleeting moments. ♥️🍂 . on a sidenote, I'll be editing 7 sessions and a wedding this week. send all the pumpkin spice lattes! 🤪🍂🎃🍁

Motor skill development #childhooduninterrupted#rpsratlam

Learning while having FUN #childhooduninterrupted#rpsratlam

block play + balance = Ingenuity 💡 .... What have you or your students invented lately? #temeculapreschool #montessorischool #reggioinspired #reggiokids #preschoolclassroom #temeculaschool #blockplay #childhooduninterrupted

Such a lovely artclub session to kick off the new term with. Great chatter and we’ve made a good start on our new play list. 💙❤️ . . . #scarlettandvalentineartclub #creativehappychildren #sheffieldartists #afterschoolartclub #sheffield #childhoodunpluged #childhooduninterrupted #kidsartclub

Kim
(@lifewithtwopickles)

2018-08-31 15:22:21

They want to be bigger but they are just right as they are 💕 #childhooduninterrupted #littleexplorers #siblings #brotherandsister #welovefrugi #atthepark

Tinytots learning skills at Sand pit #childhooduninterrupted#ratlam Public School

Motor skill development #childhooduninterrupted #happy days at RPS

Good motor skills allow a child explore the world and helps their cognitive development.Acquiring motor skills is just one part of children’s development. Mastering both fine and gross motor skills are important for children’s growth and independence. Having good motor control helps children explore the world around them and also helps with their cognitive development. #learningwhilehavingfun #childhooduninterrupted #lifeatratlampublicschool

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-07-27 14:04:45

Is it bad that I just recently started asking James and Emma to pick out their own outfits for the day? I’m not sure why I waited this long because I’m really loving their style. James always reaches for the brightest pair of shorts, and Emma loves to mix and match patterns. I would have never thought to put this striped top with patterned flowy pants, but it is the cutest look that I wish I could recreate within my own wardrobe. I’m sure there’s going to come a day where I might cringe at what they choose (like picture day at school), but I’m realizing how important it is as a parent to constantly let them do things that put me out of my comfort zone. Independence, and the confidence that comes with it, is absolutely a characteristic I want to help build in my children. And like most areas of life, if I feel like it’s getting too easy, and I’m putting forth minimal effort, I probably need to make a change. Whoever said that your children teach you just as much as you teach them, ain’t lyin’.

Candace
(@candace.ann.w)

2018-07-22 18:16:11

That time we came back from the bath house with the face masks that scared everyone. #momsetfree #childhooduninterrupted #ulta

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-07-22 16:39:34

More adventures on Grandma and Grandpa’s farm! They helped restock the pond with fish. 🐟🎣🚜 #themottschool #selfdirectedhomeeducation #lifelearning #learningonthefarm #brotherandsister #childhooduninterrupted #slowdownchildhood #notallclassroomshavefourwalls #preschoolonthefarm

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-07-17 09:12:20

I put up this quote on the letter board when my husband was out of town for a conference....but two weeks later the sentiment still rings true. I love ‘em, but these kids, y’all. They’re milking every last drop out of the threenager stage before they turn four next month. The eye rolls, the exasperated gasps, the stomping off - I can barely contain my laughter at how much sass they possess. But on the flip side, they are increasing helpful and really into cleaning up after not just themselves, but everyone. I ate an Rx bar yesterday, and Emma immediately put out her hand afterwards for me to hand her the wrapper so she could throw it in the trash. And James keeps telling me how much my smile makes him happy. He’s also been covering my face with kisses on the reg. It’s almost enough to make me forget about the little attitudes....and that’s when they’re on the ground, full blown leg wrestling over a piece of fuzz or dog hair clump someone found on the ground.

When I was younger, summertime was liberating. We were a busy family with a rigid schedule during the school year so I welcomed the laissez faire. I remember catching lightning bugs in mason jars with my dad, my bangs all stuck to my sun-kissed forehead. We played skip bo and five card draw by the bonfire 🔥 I got the giggles from not enough sleep, way too much watermelon, moonpies and RC. I felt bolder and maybe foolhardy. It was as if I breathed in the freedom summer so graciously gave and exhaled the shackles of obligations. Tonight we enjoyed the breeze during dinner outside the rig. We snuggled and tickled. We played a rousing game of hide the clothespin. And summer felt just as it should be. #livingtinyisabigdeal #screenfreesummerdaze #childhooduninterrupted

Candace
(@candace.ann.w)

2018-07-07 19:32:01

When I was younger, summertime was liberating. We were a busy family with a rigid schedule during the school year so I welcomed the laissez faire. I remember catching lightning bugs in mason jars with my dad, my bangs all stuck to my sun-kissed forehead. We played skip bo and five card draw by the bonfire 🔥 I got the giggles from not enough sleep, way too much watermelon, moonpies and RC. I felt bolder and maybe foolhardy. It was as if I breathed in the freedom summer so graciously gave and exhaled the shackles of obligations. Tonight we enjoyed the breeze during dinner outside the rig. We snuggled and tickled. We played a rousing game of hide the clothespin. And summer felt just as it should be. #livingtinyisabigdeal #screenfreesummerdaze #childhooduninterrupted

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-07-02 10:15:03

This is my 100th post since creating this account to document our journey through #selfdirectedhomeeducation 🚂 I enjoy documenting our days and recording observations of what my kids are learning each day. These photos were taken when my son was 2.5, 3.5 and just recently at 4.5 years old. Each year we’ve gone to see Thomas the Train and every year he discovers something new about the experience. This year was the first year he got to go with his sister (even though she didn’t make it into this photo). He was excited to share the experience with her and take her with us, explaining things to her and making sure she knew what was happening. All the while I kept thinking he would resent her tagging along. This has reminded me that we so often unknowingly project our thoughts and expectations on our children and they will often surprise us in wonderful ways when we step back and allow them to develop into the amazing humans they are. #thomasthetankengine

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-06-25 12:21:28

“Jamie, behave, or you won’t get a treat!” They have recently started policing each other, and it is hysterical.

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-06-20 09:29:31

Mood. I think the “summer slump” has officially begun.

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-06-15 21:06:57

This is their favorite way to spend an afternoon at the park. 🌳☀️🐜🚧 “There is no substitute for play as a means of learning...” -Dr. Peter Gray, Free to Learn

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-06-15 14:17:11

A sign of a day well spent outside 😎 There’s a quote I see often that goes “show me your schedule and I’ll show you your priorities”. I had a big eye opener yesterday when I logged into the Moment screen tracker app for the first time in awhile, and I noticed a common trend. Green & yellow weekends with 1-2 hrs spent using my phone/day at the most, and red weekdays that topped out at 5-6 hrs/day on my phone 😳 I was pretty appalled at myself, and I could believe I had spent that much time on my phone each day, but the numbers don’t lie. Making sure I spend #weekendsoffline is always a good idea, but I was already doing a great job being more intentional about my phone usage. The biggest difference between my weekdays and weekends is the amount of time I spend around another adult. I hate to say that my days at home with my kids are when I am the least present, but just being available for them just doesn’t seem to be a priority for me. And obviously I want it to. So to get myself back into the habit of not sitting with my phone in my hand all day, I’m going to try to make our days a little busier. The more time I spend out of the house and in an environment that requires to me pay attention to my children and other adults (and other people’s children), the less time I will spend aimlessly scroll on my phone. Today’s activity was 4 and a half hours at the water park; definitely not a phone friendly environment. And because of it, I’ve spent less than an hour on my phone, and it’s past 4pm. I know I’ll keep up this practice over the weekend, so I’m hoping three days of success keeps the momentum going into next week when I have an activity schedule for every day. And with that, I hope y’all have a wonderful and intentional weekends!

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-06-10 00:37:49

Just observing, reflecting, and thinking. Children have such a great capacity for concentration and attention when we allow them the time.

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-06-10 00:29:40

She loves flipping through these Bible stories and retelling them to herself. Her current favorite is the story of Adam and Eve. 📚🍎

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-06-04 20:01:14

Everything in life is a learning experience. This idea is so simple but carries so much truth with it. Everything that we do and experience, every emotion we feel, and person we know has something to teach us. We are always learning whether we realize it or not. And it is even more true for children. 🚂

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-05-23 22:22:43

Not all classrooms have four walls 🌳🌸☀️

Just hanging around waiting on the weekend to begin! What are your plans? . . Dress: @lanetograce Shorts: @lottiemaeclothing (SCOTTLYNN10) Shoes: @footmates_shoes Bow: @lindsayluedesigns (THEWHITESIDEGIRLS) . . . #hangin #hangingout #weekend #timetochill #handmadeeverything #ruffleshorts #sundress #ponytail #footmates #scottlynnwhiteside #babyblues #streetlight #inthecity #brandreppin #childmodel #summertimeisnear #kidsplay #childhoodbliss #letthekids #littlegirl #freetobekids #lanetograce #lottiemaeclothing #strengthandbeauty #stronggirls #readyfortheweekend #childhooduninterrupted

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-05-16 09:53:35

“Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process...the independent scientist in the child disappears.” -John Holt 🌳🌸☀️🌼 The work of John Holt completely changed my thoughts on education, the system, how our childhoods affect us, and how children really learn. I feel so grateful to have discovered his books and put his ideas into practice while my kids are small.

Laurie Townshend
(@humanfreq)

2018-05-14 19:06:41

In documenting community, motherhood, childhood and joy, sometimes all the elements come together unexpectedly. This mother of 13 (soon-to-be great grandmother) and this young boy live in the same building (which happens to be where I grew up) but did not know each other. Our children are #soeasytolove ❤️#amotherslove #motheringinthemovement #motherhood #blackjoy #blackboymagic #ittakesavillage #protectourchildren #childhooduninterrupted #childhood

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-05-09 20:35:58

“The petals look like snow!” 🌺🌸🌼

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-05-06 20:12:24

This girl just loves picking and smelling flowers. 🌸🌼🌺🌷

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-05-06 06:30:40

“But what about socialization?”...I had the same questions before we really researched and began our homeschool journey. But this photo explains it all. Siblings learn so much from each other. 👦👧

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-05-03 10:21:51

Baking cupcakes together on this rainy morning. 👨‍🍳👩‍🍳

Kristen Mott
(@kristen.m.mott)

2018-04-30 19:46:19

“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. -A.A. Milne ☀️📚 Reading Winnie the Pooh in the sunshine today.

Skater girl

Bend It Like Soli

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-03-26 06:11:49

We have majorly been on the struggle bus around here this past week. Everybody’s under the weather + the kids were waitlisted for pre-k. So in between blowing noses and pediatrician visits, I’ll be calling around to local private schools to get tuition rates and schedule tours. And hopefully find some time to catch up on homework since it’s currently spring break. But at least I got to enjoy this amazing homemade bread yesterday at breakfast.

The art of donut eating

Amy
(@houseofsparrows)

2018-03-18 11:59:04

The Sunday before spring break.

Amy
(@houseofsparrows)

2018-03-15 10:17:01

When you’re working on the roof and someone steals your ladder.

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-03-13 10:23:22

Re-enacting scenes from last night’s viewing of “Jane” 🐵👧🏻💝

Amy
(@houseofsparrows)

2018-03-12 17:34:25

Ready for a night of online shopping and watching something other than anime. I asked how things were going at home, and the response was ‘pretty good, the girls haven’t killed each other yet.’ 💁🏻‍♀️ #momsaway

Work of art: the next great artist

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-03-06 07:53:06

My mind is currently consumed with finding a good preschool for the kids to start at this fall. I swear they are growing up too quick 😭

Get your nature on! Just out there being the happiest version of herself

Lauren Hooper
(@lauren_etc)

2018-02-27 13:12:13

Enjoying the gorgeous weather, twinnin’ with my baby girl, and snapping all the selfies ❤️📷👩🏻👧🏻

Just another day here, in small town USA