My partner, Sam, and I have a goal of not sending our children to traditional schooling as they get older and also, instead of using a specific homeschooling curriculum, letting them lead their own education through what is commonly known as “unschooling.”1 Since Mikko would traditionally start kindergarten at a public school next year, we thought we’d give ourselves this one last year to see how well we manage unschooling our family, so we know whether it will work for us as we hope. “This alleviates a lot of stress from our children’s lives,” Tokarz says. H or Little H = my 1.5 year old. I read your preschool posts, and it sounds like a really, really good fit for him. “We are very privileged in that we have both the financial resources and time to give our kids an education we feel is more rigorous,  engaging and self-directed for our kids then the mainstream options,” Wilde says. You can talk math and nutrition at the grocery store, search out tree types in the forest, or learn about animals at a shelter. I would add for reading that you can get foam alphabet / number sets to stick on the wall in the shower. He also learns so much just from tagging along with me at the grocery store, when I tutor a little boy in reading (the boy is Chinese, so Henry gets to hear a bit of his language as well! I really get now that there is no ‘right’ way…and not trying to get it ‘right’, I’m opened up to exploring new possibilities of how we home/unschool, lightening up on myself for not producing amazing new activities every single day but also feeling positive for what I have done so far and following my heart on what is next. NR = our wonderful friend and helper who is with us five days a week, helping with the kids, the housework, and our language. Hee. “We wanted an individual, more natural, real-world learning experience for our children where they could learn about what interested them, find and solve the problems that matter most to them—not just what a teacher or a test told them to solve,” says Oregon-based former public educator Leah McDermott, who unschooles her two children, ages 5 and 8. Like you’ve shared, it doesn’t have to be complicated it’s about following their lead and interests…but I agree, I also need a structure and to know that I put a certain amount of time aside each day to ‘learn’ something as otherwise it just doesn’t get done! “We can change what’s in these areas based on what our children are showing us they desire at different times in their learning journey,” she says. One library that we’ve never been to because I have no-one to watch my toddler who would just run riot!) She’s multilingual, of Karen ethnicity, and speaks to us exclusively in Thai. By creating an account, you accept the terms and Thanks, Lindsay. Related: Everything You Need to Know About the Homeschooling, As with homeschooling, unschooled children don’t attend public school. Oh, I can definitely see how you’d want to go that path as a former elementary teacher! My NPN Posts. Obviously, I’m not anti-preschool, but it strikes me as funny that people think it’s necessary. Think Off-Paper: Try writing letters in chalk on the sidewalk, or arranging your body into a letter’s shape. We attended the annual Asian American Festival a couple of months ago and it was great! Or your 12-year-old wants to hike through parks or across nature trails in your area. Acacia is writing a wonderful series on creating artwork with little ones; plus, you can check our Arts & Crafts archives for more fabulous ideas of varying levels of messiness. “Because we only have three kids [as opposed to a full classroom], and time and resources, we are able to guide them in their own educational journey in a way that is engaging for them.”, Wild ✨ We took a trip down the entire 101 along Oregon’s coast last weekend and it was even more magical then I expected. Arts and Crafts, Healthy Living, Homeschooling, Keeping Active, Language, Natural Learning, Parenting Philosophies, Playtime, Radical Unschooling, Reading. 969 likes. She wants it so badly. See Which Stars Got Their Shots, Holiday Treats (or Pandemic Stress) Got You Feeling Backed Up? When you determine what desires and interests they have, you can help your children devise a way to pursue those things. As McDermott mentioned, creating a routine is key. “Our hikes range from three miles to our longest, over 12 miles,” she says. SBJ = my 4.5 year old. “Unschooling is child-led education,” Wilde says. We discovered Unschooling when he was about a year old, as we explored different at home vs outside learning possibilities, and have incorporated the ideas ever since. A couple weeks ago, at just over four years old, we pulled him out so we could practice unschooling. Parents who appreciate a sequential approach to arithmetic, for instance, like that Time4Learning offers ordered lessons and tracks students progress in each lesson with … . . The work of a 4-year-old is play. We've Got All the Info You Need. I would ask follow-up questions about what K activity they did, and the teacher would interrupt me, “Oh, that’s not really the point. All three families we talked to had positive experiences unschooling. 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