Unschooling

So what is unschooling?

The term “unschooling” was coined by John Holt in the 70’s. It is reference to the soft drink 7up calling itself the “un-cola” as an alternative to Coca Cola. Unschooling as a movement was an alternative to school or school-at-home.

It is simply learning from life and following the lead and interests of your child. The underlining principal is that humans are born learners and learn best with the freedom to be self motivated and learn what, when and how they choose. Human beings are driven to acquire knowledge-children are constantly asking “why?” and “show me how”. It is not through rigorous lessons and testing but through observation, interaction and the need to be a part of the community that children learn how to talk. Learning about the world around them and how things work within it are no different. It is through school that learning by rote of a pre determined body of knowledge at set ages is introduced. This does not take into account the individual needs, interests and learning style of the child.

Joyce Fetteroll says “The goals of unschooling are different than those of school or academic-leaning forms of homeschooling.
Our goal is for our children to be happy and pursue what they enjoy. Most people have that goal too, but they believe children need prepared to do what they enjoy. Unschoolers know that people will do what they need to do to do what they enjoy when given the freedom to do it.”

Inbetween

July 22, 2014

  Remember when you have a baby (or before) and you know everything about the stages ahead of you? ME TOO.  I remember once sprouting some garbage out of my inexperienced mouth about how the term “tween” was simply created by corporations to make you buy more. I rabbited on about how the ages of […]

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Let them be themselves

July 14, 2014

    I’ve talked before about there being lots of ways to be a kid and it’s still true. I also know that adults tend to give other adults more of a break when it comes to likes and dislikes. Often the same adults that would publicly shame a child for not getting on an amusement […]

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This week we were….

June 15, 2014

  Welcome to my new Sunday series! Everyone likes to have a sticky beak into what’s going on in another family-school or not. I know that I love to see what other people get up to.   So this week we were….   -lucky enough to spend a couple of days at Sovereign Hill (more […]

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School-free

June 9, 2014

  A friend of mine doesn’t say homeschooling or home educating or unschooling or natural learning or any of the other terms I mostly hear bandied about the place. She says her family are school-free. And I get why. When you live your life without school it’s different. But maybe not like you think.   […]

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Five things you can stop saying to home educators

May 9, 2014

  I’m a pretty social person. And our family does plenty of stuff outside the “home ed bubble” (shock horror). I get that the kids not being at school is unusual, and maybe even a bit confronting. I understand that you might be curious and have questions. I’m more than happy to chat about it […]

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Walking the Walk

May 5, 2014

      You know I’ve been talking the “learn in their own time natural learning unschooling yada yada” talk for some time. But I have a confession to make. I really thought Tannah would be reading independently by now. Enjoying books and doing some research on her own even. It’s easy to be all […]

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Slowing down

April 28, 2014

  It’s easy to be busy. There is always something going on. A new class to try, a new group to check out, all the regular things we love. And when we say yes to something it’s mostly a success so we were starting to feel like we would be missing out unless we said […]

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We have rules!!

April 24, 2014

  With the extra attention and trolling unschooling has received lately I’m seeing a lot of the old, ill-informed comments. Boring. While we are not hard core Radical Unschoolers we are pretty free-range with how things fly around here. For us it means that we don’t have any arbitrary rules and we don’t work on […]

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