About Tammy Takahashi


Tammy Takahashi is the author of Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling, and Zenschooling: Living a Fabulous and Fulfilling Life Without School. She is also the former editor for the California HomeSchooler magazine, published by the Homeschool Association of California. Tammy’s articles have appeared in a variety of magazines, including Home Education, Live Free Learn Free, and Life Learning.

Tammy’s other interests include knitting, writing fiction, practicing yoga, running, reading, playing games with the kids, visiting new places, studying Buddhism other religions/philosophies, and thinking about how the world works.

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11 Responses to “About Tammy Takahashi”

  1. Lucie Walker Says:

    Hi Tammy,

    I love your site. You and I appear to share a passion for unschooling/homeschooling. I just started this past September with my teen son, who just turned 15. I keep a blog of our days, and invite you to have a look. We’ve gone through many changes and continue to ‘tweak it’ as we go. The link is: http://www.clearblogs.com/unschooling
    I hope you enjoy it.
    All the best,
    Lucie Walker

  2. Joanne Says:

    Tammy, is there a way to email you without posting to the site? There’s something I wanted to mention that keeps coming up in your posts, but I didn’t want to do it publicly. Thanks.

  3. Sheri Says:

    Hi Tammy,

    Came across your site by doing a search for unschooling, love what I have found.

    Glad to know that I’m not the only Mom who plays EQ, cool…also found your site to be full of very helpful articles and info.

    Keep up the great work.

  4. jj Says:

    Hi Tammy,

    I just learned about you on “Chevra” (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chevra/?yguid=1370927). I adore your of sense humor and the way you express your ideas.

    I am one of the “unleaders” (un because none of us wanted the responsibility of be the leader) of a support group in VA and am requesting permission to include 2 of your articles in our Welcome Packet. They are:

    “The Real Cons of Homeschooling”


    “The Real Cons of Being Homeschooled”

    If the answer is yes, please tell me how you would like to be credited. For example, we also have this:

    Copyright 1994 Mary McCarthy and Home Education Magazine, used with permission. This article appeared in the Jan/Feb. 1994 issue of Home Education Magazine.

    For information visit Home Education Magazine or e-mail HEM-Editor@home-ed-magazine.com

    Our Welcome Packet is sent out much less frequently with Internet support and sites like yours, but it was created in 1999 and handed out on – gulp – paper! Now we share it only when it is requested occasionally by new homeschoolers who read about it in our Welcome Letter.

    Your site will appear as a resource in our next e-newsletter!

    I am looking forward to hearing from you and reading more of your articles online. Thanks for not sharing my email address. And this letter need not be posted on your comments section. Thanks.


  5. Jan Zeiger Says:

    No wonder I recognize your name. I read everything you regularly contribute to! It’s my first time to your blog though.. I’m tired so I’ll check out more of it later in the week.

  6. Joanne Says:

    Tammy, just heard (on Inkthinker blog) about your forthcoming book. Congratulations!!

  7. Becky Brown Says:


    I attended your session at the HSC conference on your experience blogging on the web. I really appreciate the thoughts you had about starting a blog and was inspired to come home and get busy. I’m still learning, but feel very excited about the possibilities. I’ve enjoyed your site a great deal and will be listing it on mine as a fav. If you have a chance, check out mine. I’d love to hear what you think. Best wishes,


  8. Carole Says:

    Yea! Another homeschooling mom who is a feminist and calls herself a feminist. Great just to see the two words next to each other. Somehow I’m so busy living in the suburbs and trying to look (and in many ways ACT as conventional as I can) that the idea of a being feminist never even occurs to me anymore (the way it did when I was single and child-free/less).

  9. Helen Says:

    Billy directed me your way and so glad he did. We have been homeschooling our children this year and I was woried after the California case. Thank you for a website with so much information!

  10. Jennifer Says:


    So happy to have found your blog! This is my third year of homeschooling, and it suddenly became important to me to be able to reconcile my feminist beliefs with being a homeschooling mom. I have written about it on my blog at Reconciling homeschooling and feminism and continue to think about and read about those issues. I will look forward to checking out your book!

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