Trusting the learning process is essential to Unschooling success. Shifting our perspective on what learning looks like and challenging our experiences and often deeply held beliefs on how children learn will help us move towards being able to better support our children.
In our Unschooling homes learning has the potential to take on many forms and it is allowed to flourish in all areas of our lives.
Here is what learning can look like in our homes:
Learning happens all the time. Learning is not restricted by the time of day. Learning can happen at breakfast time or bath time or playing in the woods. Children can be accessing media or folding laundry or dancing. They could be playing with lego, having a bedtime story or digging a hole. The possibilities are endless, the variability is endless. Everything your child is doing contributes towards their learning. They even learn whilst they are asleep.
Learning happens everywhere. Learning is not restricted by a single place. Your child can be at a museum, play park, library. They might be snuggled under a blanket or sat at a table or bouncing on the trampoline. Everywhere your child is, is a learning space.
Learning can be initiated by anything. Learning is not restricted to purely educationally marketed resources. Children can learn through their interactions with books, people, tv, nature, toys, household items, pictures, roller skates, board games. Every item your child chooses to use is contributing to their learning.
Learning can be about anything. Learning is not restricted by curriculum material delivered at a specified age. Children can learn about anything they want, at any age they want to. Children are free to follow their own interests and there are no topics that are off limits.
Learning happens at the child’s own pace. Learning is not restricted or forced by the planned delivery of curriculum content. Learning can peek and trough according to our children’s own time frame. It can appear to be intense and fully immersive one moment, for any given period of time, conversely it can be hidden in the silent and internal workings of the mind during long periods of calm and rest.
Learning is non-linear. Learning is not restricted by meticulously planned curriculum content. Children are free to follow their own learning pathways and make their own connections. They can ask and answer all the questions that they have. They can experiment with skills and access resources with their own agendas. Their learning can take them in any direction they choose.
Learning is fun. Learning is not compulsory or coerced. Children enjoy what they are doing on a daily basis and life is good. They are intrinsically motivated to learn and their insatiable curiosity and innate desire to understand more about the world around them drives them on.
Humans are capable of learning without school or school based concepts of how learning happens. Children are born learners and they have the capacity to discover and explore and make connections as they interact with the world around them. Watch how your children love life and learn happily.
Trusting the Learning Process (Part One)
Child Development (coming soon)
Watch What Learning Looks Like