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”

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”