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What is unschooling?
This is also known as interest driven, child-led, natural, organic, eclectic, or self-directed learning. Lately, the term "unschooling" has come to be associated with the type of homeschooling that doesn't use a fixed curriculum. When pressed, I define unschooling as allowing children as much freedom to learn in the world, as their parents can comfortably bear. (please visit website for full article)
What is unschooling?
by Earl Stevens
It is very satisfying for parents to see their children in pursuit of knowledge. It is natural and healthy for the children, and in the first few years of life, the pursuit goes on during every waking hour. But after a few short years, most kids go to school. The schools also want to see children in pursuit of knowledge, but the schools want them to pursue mainly the school's knowledge and devote twelve years of life to doing so. (please visit website for full article)
Unschooling explained some more.
by Jeanne Musfeldt
Unschooling puts the decisions about what we will study into the hands of the children themselves. They have the desire and drive to learn, and God has filled this world with curriculum. At the heart of our unschooling journey is the belief that children learn best when I am providing them with options in an environment geared toward learning, rather than force-feeding them information. (please visit website for full article)
by Eric Anderson
Unschooling is a word coined by negating the idea of schooling; it starts off with a negative definition. What, specifically, is it about schools that unschoolers want to do without? (please visit website for full article)
Deschooling for Parents
by Sandra Dodd
Once upon a time a confident and experienced scholar went to the best Zen teacher he knew, to apply to be his student. The master offered tea, and he held out his cup. While the student recited his knowledge and cataloged his accomplishments to date, the master poured slowly. The bragging continued, and the pouring continued, until the student was getting a lapful of tea, and said, “My cup is full!” The master smiled and said, “Yes, it is. And until you empty yourself of what you think you know, you won’t be able to learn.” (please visit website for full article)
Learning About Learning
by Ned Vare
In his book, INSULT TO INTELLIGENCE, containing much wisdom about the public schools, Frank Smith (PhD Harvard) makes one statement in particular that stands out. He says, "The hardest problem for the brain is not learning, but forgetting. No matter how hard we try, we can't deliberately forget something we have learned, and that is catastrophic ifwe learn that we can't learn." (please visit website for full article)
Five Steps to Unschooling
by Joyce Kurtak Fetteroll
Some people understand unschooling as soon as they hear about it. Others wander about in a fog of confusion, wondering how unschoolers can be so certain about something that seems so counterintuitive to everything we've picked up about how kids need to learn. Maybe a few, well-defined steps in the unschooling direction could lead out of at least the very pea-soupiest part of the fog. (please visit website for full article)
You Might Be An Unschooler If...
by Karen M. Gibson
... conversations held in the car include such topics as square roots, time and space travel, Native Americans and their participation in the American Revolution, the Roman Empire, mortgages, how retail businesses figure their profit, the latest scenario to a favorite computer game, constellations, basketball history and NASCAR racing. (please visit website for full article)
Waiting for Unschooling to Work
by Shay Seaborne
Remarkably, the best homeschooling advice I received came when my first child was a baby. My friend Barb, an experienced homeschooling mom who loaned me stacks of Home Education Magazine and Growing Without Schooling, told me that to homeschool I only had to "provide a rich environment, involve children in everyday living, and help find answers to their questions." That sounded very simple, and it is; the challenge is in trusting that such a plan is enough. (please visit website for full article)
What is Unschooling?
by Karen M. Gibson
Unschooling has many, many definitions - probably a different one for each family that calls themselves unschoolers. To me, unschooling means interest-led or child-led learning. There are also many different levels of unschooling. Some families require a set amount of Math and English done each day, and then their child is free to explore whatever subjects he would like. Others unschool totally until their child reaches a certain grade level, and then start requiring some structure. And then there are the dyed-in-the-wool, radical unschoolers, who require nothing from their child. They totally trust their child to learn what he needs to know on his own timetable. (please visit website for full article)
Nurturing Children's Natural Love of Learning
by Jan Hunt, M.Sc.
The main element in successful unschooling is trust. We trust our children to know when they are ready to learn and what they are interested in learning. We trust them to know how to go about learning. Parents commonly take this view of learning during the child's first two years, when he is learning to stand, walk, talk, and to perform many other important and difficult things, with little help from anyone. No one worries that a baby will be too lazy, uncooperative, or unmotivated to learn these things; it is simply assumed that every baby is born wanting to learn the things he needs to know in order to understand and to participate in the world around him. These one- and two-year-old experts teach us several principles of learning: (please visit website for full article)
by Janet Keip
Becoming unschoolers has not been an easy transition for us. Yet, like most difficult journeys, it has been worth the effort. (please visit website for full article)