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So What Do Unschoolers Do?

By Leo Babauta

If you're interested in the unschooling approach, one of the first questions you'll probably have is: OK, so how do I do it? What do unschoolers normally do during their days?

And the answer might not satisfy you, if you're looking for a step-by-step.

Here's the short answer: they do anything. There's no one way to do it, not in general and not even for a particular person.

However, I'll run down some things we do. Before I do that, a few things to know about the unschooling approach:

How I Read

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I was a pretty good reader as a kid. My mom recounts me sitting in the corner reading in pre-school instead of doing whatever other pre-schoolers did. In Kindergarten, I was praised for reading more books than any other kid. Throughout the elementary school summers, I dominated the summer reading programs in all the neighboring cities.

Eventually, I started to realize that all of these books are the same. Sometime when I was 10, I started to realize every book seemed to be about some derpy kid who eventually overcame his fears and saved the world, or at least his friend group.

I had the intellectual ability to read YA and adult books at the time, but not the emotional maturity. So, I hit a standstill.

Time passes on, I get into Classics (aka: any title whose name being uttered made me sound smart). I got a Kindle and subsequently got into Indie trash, at one point reading one book per day. Then the Kindle broke and I had no clue what to do.

I went through a massive overhaul on how I thought about reading, which leads us to how I read today.

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