Hello there! A new week started and I just can’t wrap my mind around on the fact that it’s already August and in a few weeks we will start 3rd grade, but let’s get to the reason why you came here today – another article about Homeschooling Styles.
Today, I will share more information about one of the most criticized and maybe less understood Homeschooling Style: the Unschooling.
The more I learned through my research about this style of Homeschooling the more I learned to respect the parents who opt and stand up for it. These parents are being bombarded by the criticism from all sorts, but despite all the criticism, Unschooling continues to grow.
It seems to me that it’s rather a life style. John Holt (considered the father of the Unschooling), in his book “What Do I Do Monday?”, said “We can see that there is no difference between living and learning, that living is learning, that it’s impossible, and misleading, and harmful to think of them as being separate.” Don’t you agree that there’s so much truth in these words?
Unschooling may also be referred to as:
- Natural Learning
- Child Lead Learning
- Independent Learning
- Interest Led Learning
- Delight Directed Learning
- Organic Learning
- Real Life Learning
Unschoolers don’t use curriculum, they learn from the day-to-day life experiences and from the things that attract their attention. The parents don’t view themselves as teachers but rather the facilitators of the learning process. They help the child to find the resources needed and they provide means to further develop their passions.
Unschooling parents believe that the learning happens naturally and motivated by the child’s desire in learning more about something and it should not be forced on them. The child determines what he or she wants to learn, how and when to learn what interests them.
Some may even question why on Earth would a child be interested in learning Math, Geohraphy, Science or even History? If you think about it, this type of thinking just shows how the school system has failed us, and to this day it is still failing in teaching and in instilling in the children the love of learning.
Unschooling doesn’t mean the children don’t have responsibilities, or that they are spoiled and don’t know how to live in the “real world”. Every Unschooler’s schedule is different, the parents may assign chores for them to do and suggest different activities throughout the day. In some cases the children set up goals themselves.
Let’s summarize then, Unschooling:
- doesn’t use curriculum
- the parent isn’t the teacher but rather the facilitator of the learning process
- the learning happens naturally and based on the child’s interest
- the child determines when, how and what he’s interested in learning
Are there disadvantages to Unschooling?
Unschooling cons are:
- because unschoolers don’t follow the guidelines of teaching set by the government, they may not do well on those standardized tests as some states require them
- they may have a difficult time adjusting and just entering the school system if they ever have to
I was so fascinated by this research, let me now share some good reads in case you want more information about it:
- What Do I Do Monday? By John Holt
- Teach Your Own – The John Holt Book of Homeschooling by John Holt and Pat Farenga
- How Children Learn by John Holt
- Learning All The Time by John Holt
Want to connect with some Unschooling families?
- Stories of a Unschooling Family
- Interest-Led Learning
- Living Joyfully with Unschooling
- Happiness is Here Blog
Hope you enjoyed this post, I had so much fun learning more about Unschooling. Hope you will have a chance to visit the links above, great information from those who practice Unschooling.
Would like to know about other Homeschooling Styles? I have 2 previous posts:
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email through the contact form. I’ll do my best to answer you or connect you to someone who can answer your question.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Vanessa Z. Pawlicki