Unschooling

What the heck is “Unschooling???”

It should be called “funschooling,” but that would sound like we aren’t getting anything accomplished. On the contrary, unschooling is in its most succinct definition: following the child.  Most subjects are integrated such that one cannot study one thing without it leading to another.  For instance, when my eldest daughter was seven, she asked, “Who is Ruby Dee?” as she sat listening to Hannibal and I converse. Instead of briefly answering, “an actor,” I showed her how to research.  In the process of discovering this one woman’s life, she learned about sororities, fraternities, segregation, The Academy Awards, The Grammy Awards, the brown paper bag test, and many more aspects of this actor’s life.  It blossomed into a six week long study session!

Our homeschool process is much like the world wide web. Kids’ brains are like browser windows with a million tabs open.  Unschooling is trusting that you’ll cover everything that needs to be covered, and you don’t have to stress the kids out in the process.  We answer questions thoroughly and encourage kids to be resourceful.  Teaching moments happen all the time.

Cool! Tell me more about what you’re doing.

I’m currently unschooling a fourth grader, who loves Shakespeare, html, and acting, and a preschooler, who enjoys music and anything she can get her hands on.

The preschooler, “Fuss,” works at a first grade level, but I’ve documented the process from the beginning (about 10 months old)! To take the journey from the beginning, CLICK HERE.

I use a little Montessori, a bit of Reggio, and lots of my own intuition to follow my kids’ interests.  If the need arises, I supplement by purchasing curricula or finding the kid a class on the subject.  My kids develop new interests all the time. What I do is follow them. If you need more advice regarding that, here is a wonderful website with tons of info: Joyful Rejoycing

I hope you enjoy.

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FUSS (Preschooler)

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MOOCH (4th Grader)

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