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?”

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”

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”

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”

Unschooling Reading and Maths: Challenging our Fears

Unschooling, in its most basic form, is living a life without school. It challenges us, as adults, to consider what learning looks like without school and whether conventional methods of tuition are necessary for learning to occur. Often our deepest assumptions are challenged when we consider how our children will learn to read or learnContinue reading “Unschooling Reading and Maths: Challenging our Fears”

Embracing Inquisitiveness

Our children have an innate ability to learn. When our children learn without school and curriculum based learning they are free to follow their own curiosity. They are intrinsically motivated to engage with whatever interests them, to question, and observe, and to try things out, and wonder at the world. Our responsibility as adults isContinue reading “Embracing Inquisitiveness”

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”