Welcome to Day 2 of 31 Days of Unschooling! Catch up on Day 1 here. I was super encouraged by your comments yesterday. Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourselves and what intrigues you about this crazy word: UNSCHOOLING.
I had to smile at the people who said (in the comments and elsewhere in social media land), “Pardon my ignorance, but what the flying heck is this unschooling of which you speak??”
Well. Today is your lucky day.
I have a definition. A very official, very scientific definition. And by that I mean, just kidding. Not official or scientific at all. In fact, I’m pulling it straight off the virtual pages of an e-book I wrote myself.
Here you go:
*Unschooling: student-led, interest-driven, mostly-fun, super-meaningful education that happens at home (and/or any other place along the way). Parents and other adults are valuable facilitators, but instead of lecturing, they’re sharing from experience and often learning right alongside the kiddos.
There’s no set curriculum, no list of things the kids need to know, no replication of school at la casa. Creativity and innovation and community (and all the important stuff in life) are encouraged and nurtured. Kids are celebrated for who God created them to be and inspired to become the very best grown-up version of that unique and amazing person.
Unschooling families think school cramps their style; childhood’s too short to spend cooped up in a classroom; and learning happens best in the context of real life. And real life starts right this very minute.
*Not an official definition. I just made it up off the top of my head. It’s yours for the tweaking. (t-w-e-a-k-i-n-g) (Name that awesome 90’s movie.)
I realize that, as scientific and precise as this definition is, it still doesn’t answer all your questions. Like, “what in the heck does unschooling look like PRACTICALLY SPEAKING?” We’ll get to that. I want you to stick around past day two, you know.
So, question for you. Two questions actually.
1.) Which sentence or phrase in this definition stands out to/resonates with you?
2.) Which part of the definition would you like me to extrapolate on (explain further) in upcoming posts?
(And 5 points for naming that awesome 90’s movie.)