Supporting Self-Expression

Our children are born unique. I have four children, born of the same two parents, and they are all different. They look different, they move differently, they express themselves differently and they learn differently. Our lifestyle gives them the freedom to engage with the world around them in their own unique ways and enables us to celebrate their individuality.

Our children are not compared to, put into competition with or required to conform in order to achieve apparent success. Their individuality is nurtured and given room to grow. They have the freedom to experiment with what they want to wear and how they want to wear it. They can run and climb and sit in positions that they feel comfortable with and for as long as they feel comfortable with. They can discuss and object and evaluate and explore concepts openly. They can sing and dance and build and draw and paint and bake in their own style. They can read or watch or listen or recreate or reenact information, stories, and ideas in the ways that best suit them.

When we remove school from the equation, there is little need to mould our children to do or conform to many things that seem common place in society. It allows us to question what is necessary and of benefit. It means that we can value our children as individuals and support the skills and knowledge that are uniquely placed to offer to our communities.

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Learning Styles

Living together when everyone is different

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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