Fostering Relationships in Our House

In our house putting our relationships first looks like: Making sure that I spend 1:1 time with each of my children, if they want it. This week I have researched how to detangle doll hair and create a Barbie salon with my five year old. We conditioned and combed out the hair of eight BarbiesContinue reading “Fostering Relationships in Our House”

Trusting the Learning Process (Part Two)

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 formsContinue reading “Trusting the Learning Process (Part Two)”

Trusting the Learning Process (Part One)

Children are born with a natural ability to learn. They are naturally curious, interactive, engaged, exploratory, and playful. They learn, amongst other things, to recognise their main care givers, they learn to crawl and walk, and they learn to feed themselves. They do all these things with the support from family members and without tuition.Continue reading “Trusting the Learning Process (Part One)”

Heirachy of Needs

Abraham Maslow first wrote about the Heirachy of Needs in his paper ” A Theory of Human Motivation” in 1943. It was a psychological theory based on the need for good mental health, which was a revolutionary approach to looking at psychological conditions at the time. It is commonly and frequently used today to underlineContinue reading “Heirachy of Needs”

Kind (and other key words)

Here are some words that you will come across repeatedly whilst reading about Unschooling: Love Love your children on purpose. Unconditionally. Even when they are struggling and emotional and aggressive. Choose a loving atmosphere. Create loving moments. Love them all the time. Joy Seek joy. Support joy. Choose joy. Create joyful moments. Be joyful. PeaceContinue reading “Kind (and other key words)”

People are more important than things

The tipping tea logo here at live.play.learn is a reminder that people are more important than things. That relationship comes first. That connection is vital. That all other things are secondary. I love tea. There is an entire cupboard in my kitchen dedicated to tea. It isn’t a huge cupboard but it is specifically forContinue reading “People are more important than things”

Prioritising Relationships

You don’t get far when reading about or researching Unschooling without coming across the idea that prioritising your relationship with your child is paramount to success. It is the pillar that holds everything else up or the foundation on which everything else is built. Without it you can still build an adequate structure but inContinue reading “Prioritising Relationships”

Deschooling

Deschooling is the process of moving away from the ideas of school and towards a broader definition of what learning is and how it can happen. If your child has been in mainstream education for any length of time, they will need a period of adjustment commonly recognised as one month per year of schoolingContinue reading “Deschooling”

What is true play-based-learning?

Many have tried to define what play really is. Many have tried and many have succeeded in capturing some of the essence of what play is and what it involves. In its most basic form play is purely what children do. They are born with an innate ability to play and they use it asContinue reading “What is true play-based-learning?”