Trust is a huge aspect in being able to get Unschooling to work. It is easier said than done as we have been brainwashed/indoctrinated/led to believe that unless we sit children down and instruct them with a predetermined path that they will a) never want to learn and b) be unable to learn. Both of which are inaccurate. Children are devourers of information, knowledge and the way the world works around them. With an attentive engaged and thoughtful adult to guide them, they will learn all they need. We all learn in many different ways, and being invested in your children means you wil
I was once like you and worried about the whole home-schooling thing, overwhelmed with the new direction our life was taking but we had little choice as the school was insisting they medicate her for “compliance” (boredom was actually the issue) – stuck between a rock and a hard place – a child that was struggling and everyone trying their hardest to get it to work. A team of professionals for years and then a string of letters in “official diagnosis”, ASD, ADHD and ODD and then we removed her part way through Grade 4 as it was all too obvious how she was broken, and that the classroom was
One of the things I remember clearly being worried about when I removed my first child from school was believing they would miss out on many of the extra curricula activities that being in a school situation can offer. I have since learnt that all those opportunities can be found within the home-schooling community or through other clubs and groups etc.
An interesting week with some failures (but always learning) and many successes. Let’s start with the failure (that turned into a success).
One of the areas of unschooling that many people ask others (and myself) more about is, how do I follow my children’s interests. How do I do that in a natural way so it doesn’t turn into an obvious teachable moment/lesson. How can strewing be turned into more than just a passing observation? By being engaged and present with your children and seeing how there is an opportunity and a desire to learn more, it is something that starts to become more natural as you start to relax and enjoy the unschooling journey.