Unschooling is valuing our children’s interests and facilitating and supporting them in their passions. There is often no need for a curriculum to follow or to identify learning in terms of subjects. Our children’s interests take many forms and finding ways to engage in them can take many forms.
Our children’s interests and passion often look nothing like school related learning. Our children are interested in playing with different mediums: barbies, lego, train sets, minecraft, mario kart, playdough, climbing trees and splashing with waves, baking biscuits, trampolining, dancing, nature documentaries, animals, card games, computer games, things that make them laugh.
Playing with them and joining them in their pursuits gives us an opportunity to get to know our children better, to learn what makes them happy, to understand what it is that sparks their enjoyment. This enables us to make informed decisions about what interest related idea we put before them and how we offer expanded experiences on the things that they enjoy.
Often we can think of it as, ‘I saw this and thought of you.’ When we know our children well and are in-tune with how they operate and what lights a spark in them, then we are able to tailor the options that we offer them.
Supporting their interests
The flow of learning
Facilitating our children’s passions