By Leo Babauta
There's no "right way" to do unschooling. That's the beauty of it. Everyone does it differently.
However ... I've been developing a philosophy of unschooling, based on my experiences with our kids, and my own views of life. It's not the only way to look at unschooling, but it's what I've been growing to believe (with the caveat that I never think I know what's absolutely true).
Here's what I believe will lead to awesome unschooling ... my philosophy:
- Let the student decide. You as a parent are not the hander-down of knowledge, or the authority on what needs to be learned. You are the guide, perhaps, but more of a facilitator. Help them decide for themselves, based on what they love.
- Experiment. There's no one way to do anything, to learn anything. Let the student experiment, and help them figure out how to do that. Test, and see the results. It's the best way to learn.
- Play. Learning should be fun. It's not work, at least not unless you think work is also play (I do).
- Do stuff together. Often one of the funnest ways to learn is together, as a familiy, as a parent-child team. You learn together, and the student learns from doing with you.
- Relax. There's no deadlines, no schedule you need to stick to. Go at your own pace.
- Learning isn't compartmentalized. School teaches you that you learn certain things during certain boxes during the day. This is wrong. Learning happens all the time, and all kinds of learning are mixed together. Is going to the park learning, or play? It's both.
- Challenge ideas. Always question. Always. Is this true? Is what we believe true? How can we know? What's the evidence? Let's explore.
- Be curious. This is the most important thing. Always be curious, always explore.
I might add more things to this list as we go, but that's a good start.