About this Project

This blog is a mother-daughter collaboration between Cathy Earle and Lindsey Muscato, looking back at more than 20 years of a family experiment in child-led education.

Lindsey Muscato is the middle daughter of her family. She is married to her college sweetheart; they have two cats. She lived her twenties in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brooklyn, New York. She loves to travel, cook, listen to podcasts and do yoga. Lindsey is a visual artist.

Cathy Earle is also the middle daughter of her family. She is married to her college sweetheart; they have three daughters. She has lived her whole life in Southern California. She loves to travel and to read, to scrapbook and to do puzzles. Cathy is a writer. Her free online resource for kids, parents and teachers is called Every Day Is Special.

Cathy writes science fiction books for kids and teens. Her first published novel is The Survivor, available at Amazon.

Email us at: noschoolkids [at] gmail [dot] com

7 Responses

  1. Marti
    Marti at · Reply

    WOW… as mom to four mostly child-led educated girls – now ages 22, 18, 16, and 13 – and as a homeschool reviewer in my state, I am in love with your first entry… I can’t wait to read more. I am so glad you have begun this project, and I will be sharing this with many of the families with whom I work to encourage them that children can’t be stopped from learning as they explore life around them while they grow. Bravo!

  2. Narelle
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    Thank you for taking the time to write about this information – I am a homeschooling mum of 3 kids (13,6,4) letting go of all I know about education are relearning a holistic way to teach our kids. I will look forward to your future posts and learning from them, so I can better teach our kids.

  3. Kim Houssenloge
    Kim Houssenloge at · Reply

    Oh wow! I can’t wait to read more and more and more of your story. My son is 13 and has always been unschooled. I’ve written about his life since the moment he was conceived. It was such an important need for me a the time and still is. My mum died when I was 18 and I had very little of her – she didn’t keep a journal, she did have many photos taken of herself – I was determined not to have the same thing happen for my child so I’ve continued to record his life in some form or another – blogging is my favourite tool right now. Please don’t stop posting and writing – I could read here all day and I’m going to be sharing this journey of yours with my own son. Thank you so much for doing this. It’s so wonderful for unschooled/homeschooled children to hear your voice and know they are not alone. Kindest wishes Kim x

  4. Cathy
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    I so appreciated the mutual support we homeschooling families gave each other, back when my kids were young. I am now humbly grateful for the support offered by these lovely comments!

  5. Elise
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    This blog and “Every Day is Special” are officially my two favorite blogs starting right now. I am home with my four kids ages 2-7 and am still exploring homeschooling–something I imagine I will be doing for the next 20 years or so. Love the history and the daily ideas!

    1. Cathy
      Cathy at · Reply

      Thanks, Elise! I loved homeschooling my kids, and I’m sure you are and will be, too. — Cathy

  6. Alyssa
    Alyssa at · Reply

    SO glad I found this blog! I am a home-school graduate from the northwest, now married and living in the midwest with our toddler, whom we plan on home-schooling : ) Hooray for 2nd generation home-schooling families!

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