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?”

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”

Learning Styles

Common current thinking believes that every person has a preferred learning style, a mode of learning in which they absorb information best. Some say that there are 3 styles or 4 and others say that there are 7 styles or 8 and others say that there are 71 different models. And whilst educators are busyContinue reading “Learning Styles”

Being the Bridge not the Gatekeeper

Being free to express yourself through mediums such as art, dance, writing, music is the expression of your personality and displays your uniqueness, it helps us to understand ourselves and share that with those around us. It can be difficult to see children expressing themselves because as a culture we are not used to hearingContinue reading “Being the Bridge not the Gatekeeper”