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”

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?”

How to Unschool

Unschooling doesn’t come with a curriculum or pre-bought step by step programme to follow. The road to Unschooling is bumpy and messy and most of the work you do to get there will be rethinking current ideas as well as the physical act of changing life habits. There are a few things that you canContinue reading “How to Unschool”

Home made deep learning

The world is our classroom but sometimes our home is our world. It needs to be a place where our children are welcome, and their passions are supported, and new and interesting things are available to them. In this way learning flows through the home. When our children are welcomed into our homes, when theyContinue reading “Home made deep learning”

Why I chose to Unschool

Previous to officially beginning our Unschooling journey in 2012 I trained as an Early Years Teacher and worked in the Education System for 14 years. It might seem a huge leap to go from qualified teacher to Unschooler but actually the transition was theoretically smooth. My background in Child Development Studies, Cognitive Development and learningContinue reading “Why I chose to Unschool”

Slow Down

You have complete freedom from outside influences to determine your own rhythm to your day. As with all things Unschooling this will involve observing your children and/or actively listening to older children and what their plans are for the day. Take a step back from hour by hour timetabled activity slots and be prepared toContinue reading “Slow Down”

What does Learning look like?

Learning in an Unschooling household looks like a million different things: It can be jumping straight in and giving something new a try or taking it slow and doing something little by little or even sitting back and watching before giving it a try. Learning can be spending five minutes on a game before spendingContinue reading “What does Learning look like?”

What is Unschooling?

Unschooling is easier to define by what it is not than by what it is. Unschooling is not school. Unschooling is living a life without school. If school didn’t exist, how would you live your life and would you still be able to learn? Decades of schooling would have us believe that you have toContinue reading “What is Unschooling?”