Getting Started Unschooling
Take all cues from your child – they will tell/show you what their interests are and then you will know what the next step is. Don’t be swayed by the marketing powers of curriculum! You don’t need THEM to tell you what your child is interested in learning more about. Do you wonder why we’re so drawn to curricula? Then read this: The Curriculum Crutch.
Play a lot of games – whatever interests them. This too will give you a lot of clues about what they like and it helps foster a connection between the two of you. (See a collection of favorites!)
Know that CONNECTING with your kid is the most important thing you can do. When they can turn to your for help and advice – without worrying that you’re trying to manipulate or mold them – then they really get to thrive with unschooling. Here’s my quick look back at If I Knew Then What I Know Now.
Know that learning happens all the time. In all kinds of ways. And the school version of delivery is only ONE way. Think about how you learned before and after you were in school… that’s what unschooling is like.
Start with reading about Deschooling. It will help you separate Learning from Teaching…. Real Life from School Life. Giantly different perspectives.
Create a happy learning environment – an unschooling nest at home. What makes everyone happy?
Learning happens forever. For the person’s ENTIRE life! You have no finish line that you’re trying to race for. Your child has no reason to learn any particular thing by a certain time.
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