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.”

5 things all new homeschoolers need to know

December 2, 2014

    So you’re done with school, or maybe you have decided to not even go there in the first place. But it’s a bit scary, right? I mean HOW WILL YOU SOCIALIZE THE KIDS and what of tertiary education and will you even get 5 minutes to yourself? Here are a few things you […]

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Pinterest Playdough

November 28, 2014

    I know I’m not the only one who loves Pinterest. And I’m certainly not the only one who looks at all of the beautiful activities laid out and thinks “one day, I’m gonna….” The kids had been begging me to make playdough for a while and I guess I just got carried away. […]

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One of those days

November 12, 2014

  Today started with me having some sort of Game Of Thrones related dream. Luke and I have almost finished watching season four (NO SPOILERS PLEASE) so obviously it’s hanging around in my subconscious a bit. I have no idea what the dream was about but in real life I was woken by the sound […]

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Travel art for bigger kids

October 15, 2014

Disclaimer-all the Micador art supplies in this post were gifted.     Tomorrow is the big day. We are off on a three week adventure in the caravan. We always take some kind of art with us when we go away.  ALWAYS. But now the kids are bigger we can expand past simply stickers and […]

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September 9, 2014

  A question came up recently on the Simple Homeschool Facebook page asking “how has homeschooling changed your life for the better?” I have loved reading the responses and my own was quick to come to mind.   We have time.     More time together. More time to hang out with friends. More time […]

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10 Things you need to homeschool your pre-schooler

August 25, 2014

    I’ll give you a hint-it’s neither curriculum or worksheets. Many of us arrive at the decision to keep our kids out of school before our eldest is old enough to be enrolled. And, from the amount of posts and information around on how to “school” a very young child that are going around, […]

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Book Week favorites- To discuss!

August 21, 2014

  I’ve told you some of my favorite picture books and read aloud chapter books this week. Today I’m going to give you five books I want to discuss with the kiddos when they’re older. Kind of like book club. I was that kid at high school that loved reading and discussing the books we […]

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Book Week Favorites- Picture Books

August 19, 2014

  Yesterday we talked chapter books, today it’s picture books-and narrowing it down to a few is hard! I couldn’t even keep to five like yesterday so I’ve gone with ten that we love.   This list assumes you already know the awesomeness of Where The Wild Things Are, Where Is The Green Sheep, Hairy […]

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