Slow Down

You have complete freedom from outside influences to determine your own rhythm to your day. As with all things Unschooling this will involve observing your children and/or actively listening to older children and what their plans are for the day.

Take a step back from hour by hour timetabled activity slots and be prepared to go with the flow. Be prepared to have intense days of visible learning – questions and activity and light bulb moments and connecting ideas and not to panic on the quiet days, the days of contemplation or innate learning.

Trust your child and trust the process.

Our children’s timetables are not our own. They know themselves better than we do but we can know them better by watching and listening to what they are doing. This will strengthen our relationship and enable us to provide a personalised learning environment for our children. We get to understand and respond to our own children’s pace for learning and their learning preferences.

Our children’s flow is not our own. Having access to activities of their chose and for as long as they choose is where complete learning happens. It requires us to slow down. To rethink our own timetable, to rearrange our ideas about what today or even this moment might look like. Re-focus, pause and consider saying ‘yes’ to the moment you are in.

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Published by heiditsteel

Teacher turned Unschooler: passionate about autonomous education and supporting our children's natural inclination towards learning through play.

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