How can homeschool be super simple? Unschool. Please don’t be afraid of the “Unschool” label. There are many degrees of how each family implements the unschooling model. Unschooling isn’t just letting your children have unfettered reign of all things. It’s not ignoring them or letting them do whatever they want. It’s finding out their passions and letting your child pursue them. When someone is interested in something, they learn. You’ve got to try real hard to stop them. That’s the core of unschooling. Do the things you love. Live your life. As we homeschool, we should be prepared to make the most of every opportunity to facilitate our children’s learning and to explore their passions. The lessons we learn that make the greatest impact are those we learned through living. It is no different with children. That is the power of unschooling. There is one big concept though, we have to be intentional.
Being intentional is staying in tune with what the kids are doing. Look for the opportunities to weave recognition of learning into what the kids are doing. Be interested in what they do. Have them share with you what they are doing. But please, oh please… No worksheets. No busywork to fill the day. No repetitive mind numbing activities. Practicing, yes. Help them to learn while living, intentionally guiding them through the things they want to do, having them show you what they know. Ask them questions. Go deeper with the things they love.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing – teach your children. Love is paramount. Show your children you love them. It is being strong and not letting them do some things. It is guiding them through their passions with appropriate activities. Ask questions like, “What about that makes it so cool?” and “Wow! Could you show me how you did that?” Show your children you love and care about them. The look in their eyes is incomparable. Joy is the only word I can think of. I cannot remember ever hearing a student describe how they felt about their traditional school that way.
Give it a try. Homeschooling/unschooling, it’s easier than you may think. As a homeschool parent we just need to remember a few things:
- Be intentional.
- Be patient.
- Be flexible.
- Be teachable
What are we all about here at Casita Keepers? Helping you to be intentional and effective through everyday living.