Home schooling

Unschooling In Home Schooling

Unschooling in homeschooling is also called natural learning or individual self-education. Unschooling is perhaps the most unstructured style of home schooling. When engaging in unschooling education, parents act as "facilitators" and guide their children through a wide-range of resources for learning, but do not have rigid structure for this process.

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Those who support this type of homeschooling called unschooling, have a variety of reasons to support their position. A common belief underlying their reasoning is that curiosity is innate and that children want to learn what is necessary to become an adult. Some argue that institutionalizing a child in what they consider a factory model public school, or any form of compulsory schooling, is an damaging waste of a child's time and energy.

Supporters also contend that mandatory public education is made to be "one size fits all" and is oppressive in that it forces a child to learn in one rote fashion regardless of his or her interests or learning style. They also say that individualized, child-led learning is more efficient use of a child's time, takes advantage of a child's interests, and allows learning and deeper exploration of more subjects than what is possible in formal, traditional education.

In unschooling, the subject matter is less important than the child learning 'how' to learn. Developing the ability to learn on one's own makes it more likely that later in their adult life, he or she can return to any subject that they need or want to know more about, and continue to learn the material.

Some schools, such as the Sudbury Valley School, use a model similar to unschooling, called the child-led learning approach. A similar model is also used in higher education as a free school or open learning approach, such as at Bastiat Free University. In schools such as these there is no set curriculum and no strongly structured boundaries. Many parents feel a bit apprehensive about such freedom. But, even unschooling has certain guidelines that can make it a great method of home schooling if the parents are invested enough to provide clear guidance.

In this method of learning you first encourage your child to express their interests. Let them select the topics they would like to learn about. If he/she wants to learn about flowers, tell them about the various flowers, their functions and parts, using coloring books, pictures, etc. Allow them the freedom to stop when they have had enough. This process of learning may take a month or a day. It is up to the child (with parental guidance) to decide how much they wish to learn about any given subject.

Expand your child's areas of interests using videos, books, magazines, puzzles and games. Go to a museums and libraries and be willing to broaden your own interests as well. The more you know, the more the child is likely to learn.

There are many opportunities for learning while unschooling in homeschooling. When in the kitchen you can point out the vitamins in fruits and vegetables. What makes tomatoes red, and why leafy vegetables good for you. If you don't know the answers to the questions your child asks, don't worry. Look it up. Lastly, don't be concerned if the going seems slow. This is often the way children learn. Give them time and lots of encouragement and eventually you will see results.