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What is Unschooling?

Posted by on Jul. 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM
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Forgive my ignorance, but I just came upon this term and am curious.  I homeschool my 3 1/2 yr old son who is on the autism spectrum.  Hence, I'm pretty wrapped up in the specifics of teaching him, so don't always keep up on what others are doing, but would like to learn what "unschooling" is about.  Thanks.    

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usmom3
by BJ on Jul. 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM
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 I tis kind of hard to define so I will add some links that might help you understand what it is

http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/earl_stevens.html

http://www.holtgws.com/unschooling.html

http://unschoolers.com/

badgermom2012
by on Jul. 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

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irvinehiker
by Andrea on Jul. 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

 Thanks so much for posting these links...I had no idea they existed!  I'm always at a loss when I try to explain "unschooling" to someone who has never heard the term before. 

Quoting usmom3:

 I tis kind of hard to define so I will add some links that might help you understand what it is

http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/earl_stevens.html

http://www.holtgws.com/unschooling.html

http://unschoolers.com/

 

usmom3
by BJ on Jul. 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

 There is actually a lot out there on the Internet about it & books too & some of them are e-books.

Quoting irvinehiker:

 Thanks so much for posting these links...I had no idea they existed!  I'm always at a loss when I try to explain "unschooling" to someone who has never heard the term before. 

Quoting usmom3:

 I tis kind of hard to define so I will add some links that might help you understand what it is

http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/earl_stevens.html

http://www.holtgws.com/unschooling.html

http://unschoolers.com/

 

 

4quivers
by on Jul. 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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If you could put it in a nutshell it's this. . .  To allow total freedom of your child to explore the world around them in whatever manner, topic, time frame, or pleasure.   If they want to study chemistry in 2nd grade you let them, with supervision of course.  Shakespeare in K, why not?   Your child wants to know what time it is?  There's a clock on the wall and you don't need a book to explain the details!  It's seeing what they are interested in and giving them whatever tools and resources you can find to fill their curiosity to their own hearts content. 

But, . . . . .  You can't put it in a nutshell because every nut is different!!!! 

To us it's more of a lifestyle as a whole family.  We each learn continuously, and share our thoughts, passions, and revelations.  It's the ultimate "Do-gooders" society!! 

Mum of 4 boys 9,8,4 and 2


"Bless me, I couldn't get on at all without my flock of dear, noisy, naughty, harum-scarum little lads!!




                                                                                                    Louisa May Alcott in "Little Men"

oredeb
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM

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pixydustmommy
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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4quivers, can I ask you some questions? How do you make sure that they learn everything that they need to learn? For example, my daughter hated learning to tell time. Had it been up to her, she would have never learned it. My oldest would never  math if I left it up to him, and my youngest two would only do math. I'm a firm believer in following their interests (my youngest loves poetry, for example), but what do you do to make sure that they all learn long division, for example?

badgermom2012
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I'd be interested in hearing that aspect too.  

Quoting pixydustmommy:

4quivers, can I ask you some questions? How do you make sure that they learn everything that they need to learn? For example, my daughter hated learning to tell time. Had it been up to her, she would have never learned it. My oldest would never  math if I left it up to him, and my youngest two would only do math. I'm a firm believer in following their interests (my youngest loves poetry, for example), but what do you do to make sure that they all learn long division, for example?


usmom3
by BJ on Jul. 21, 2012 at 2:39 PM
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 You have to have faith in your kids that they will learn all the things they need as the need arises in their lives! I bet your DD would have learned telling time all on her own as soon as the need for the skill arose in her life & then the need would help her understand its importance.

You are thinking with a school mind believing that there is some magic age that everything needs to be learned by. That simply isn't true we are meant to learn things as needed rather then fill our heads with useless knowledge on the off chance we might need it in some obscure future that as children we can't even imagine yet.

 

Quoting pixydustmommy:

4quivers, can I ask you some questions? How do you make sure that they learn everything that they need to learn? For example, my daughter hated learning to tell time. Had it been up to her, she would have never learned it. My oldest would never  math if I left it up to him, and my youngest two would only do math. I'm a firm believer in following their interests (my youngest loves poetry, for example), but what do you do to make sure that they all learn long division, for example?

 

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by Sonja on Jul. 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM

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