If my children are playing, what do I do?

We have a role to play in our children’s lives and as we move away from schooling and school like education then we can sometimes be left wondering what our role is. We are no longer required to usher them to school and make sure that they complete their reading journals and home work projectsContinue reading “If my children are playing, what do I do?”

What if my children play all day?

What if my children play all day and don’t do any work? For children play is learning, even if it is not tangible or measurable or test worthy. If they are engaged in an activity then it is plausible that that activity is offering them something that they need and that they find personally engaging.Continue reading “What if my children play all day?”

Play is…

Making sense of the world around you. Rehearsing the past, present and future. Working through ideas. Practising. Mastering. Repeating. Perfecting. Thinking. Re-thinking. Organising. Rehearsing. Re-Enacting. Investigating. Experimenting. Hypothesising. Observing. Puzzling. Questioning. Exploring. Co-operating. Negotiating. Compromising. Discussing. Sharing ideas. Concluding. Engaging. Turn-taking. Conferring. Controlling. Rule making. Rule breaking. Setting targets. Setting boundaries. Setting limits. Limitless. Lateral. Diverse. Problem setting. Problem solving. Enquiring. Searching. challenging. Engaging. Absorbing. Creative. Representative. Unique. Fun. Fantasy. Make believe. Making thingsContinue reading “Play is…”

The Six Pillars of Unschooling

Tying it all together Here are the six pillars of unschooling on which the unschooling lifestyle is built. Unschooling is most successful when all six of these principles are implemented seamlessly into our daily lives: Unschooling is putting our relationships first. Creating a peaceful household where members are equally valued, where individuals needs are metContinue reading “The Six Pillars of Unschooling”

Facilitating Our Children’s Passions

I have taken one example for each of my children and described how we facilitate and engage with their interests. They all have multiple pursuits on the go and they access them as and when they want to and the degree to which they want to. The things that I have chosen are areas thatContinue reading “Facilitating Our Children’s Passions”

The Flow of Learning

When children play all day and they choose the path that their day takes then they enter a state of flow. When they are in this natural state of flow they are responding and in-tune with their own selves. They choose what to spend their time focused on, how long to delve into it, whichContinue reading “The Flow of Learning”

Supporting their interests

Some of our children’s interests last a life time, they begin playing with lego as soon as they are able to hold blocks and then they never let go. Thirteen years later they are still buying their own lego models and you have over 25 kilos of lego in your house. Those thirteen years haveContinue reading “Supporting their interests”

Partner your child in supporting their interests

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 oftenContinue reading “Partner your child in supporting their interests”

Living together when everyone is different

Our children are all different. I have four children and they are all different. They have different personalities and different interests and different methods of learning and different peaks and troughs in their days. They have the freedom to follow their own curiosity in their own ways, they have individual preferences in how they interactContinue reading “Living together when everyone is different”