Friday, October 26, 2012

What is unschooling? 10 answers that satisfy the curious

OK here we go.  I will be the first to admit that I'm a nosey person.  I want to know all about your life.  I'm realizing that since we've embraced the unschooling title we've gotten SO MANY questions.  It seems as though homeschooling was OK but now that we unschool, people think we are insane and really want details.  They want to make sure that we know what we are doing.  Some have even taken the responsibility of interviewing our children.

I've discovered 10 answers that seem to satisfy the curious people (like myself) so I thought I'd share them with you.

1.) Unschooling is learning that is driven by individual passion and curiosity...yes that means it's different for each kiddo.  Our oldest kiddo wants to learn how to write a novel, we guide her to the right books and sign her up for nanowrimo.

2.) Unschooling is embracing the world as classroom and studying all the questions that our children ask.  Even the ones my little dude comes up with like, "What is medal made of?"

3.) Unschooling is a life of fun adventures and playful journeys.  Like traveling to Tijuana and eating authentic Mexican food then standing in a 3 hour line to return back to the USA.

4.) Unschooling is saying goodbye to worksheets and curriculum and embracing great books and art materials.

5.) Unschooling is being attentive to my children and hearing them when they ask a question so that we can together, find the answers.

6.) Unschooling is letting go of comparisons and grade associated must knows and doing our own thing.  Pursuing our own "must knows."

7.) Unschooling is granting our children space to learn what they love and run with it.  Like when my middle daughter wanted to get up and preform the song that she wrote in front of a bunch of other people.  It's me saying, yes, I believe in you and your passions for song writing, and I CHEER her on!

8.) Unschooling is being OK with imperfection.  It's not critiquing the letters that they write to their friends but rather being thrilled that they are writing them.  Voluntarily.

9.) Unschooling is letting my children cook in the kitchen even though I know that the mess that is left behind is going to be one that makes me need an extra glass of wine.  Because when my girls make chocolate chip cookies they are reading, doing math, and even science.

10.) Unschooling is.... whatever you want it to be to fit your family.


  1. mandi@herbanhomesteadOctober 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    love this!

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