My wife - 23 - and myself - 25 - love all your offerings from mnmlist and zenhabits.
My wife - 23 - and myself - 25 - love all your offerings from mnmlist and zenhabits.
My first unschooling subject, the topic I personally had to learn more about, came up when my son started to walk.
He was putting everything in mouth, so I had to check myself : did I want to mimick the common react "yucky, yucky it's dirty, leave it!"? So I taught myself enough about wild eatable plants (many many more than you'd expect) and toxic ones, and soon we were sharing strange salads from the discarded wealth of nature. "You can eat this one, instead!"
I love globes, I bought us one, and he would quizz me for up to an hour on reading country names, so before 3, he could remember about a hundred of them and became especially intrigued by islands. He started talking much about Greenland, so I told him we'd try to go, but for now, if he wanted to fly, my budget was ok with a few days in Bruxelles. For less than 200€ grand total, my 4 years old son, baby daughter and I flew low-cost to Belgium, got an incredibly generous host from couchsurfing, visited one museum a day. We loved the five senses exhibit, and the DIY scientastic, but not much the kids museum, really made with a 'teaching' mind.
What I find so exhilarating about unschooling is : YES (we're gonna see how to make this happen) is the default answer. Where did unschooling take you so far?
Not teaching does not mean you should not really observe your child and offer. My son was usually running sprints inside our old little flat, and when outside, he was so busy sensing, seeing things that he would walk slowly and stop often. So I got him a trampoline at home, and to share the jumping fun, counted for him - he loved the sound of new words, he was 3. That's how he accidentally learned counting up to 1000 in French and English, and up to 100 in Arabic, Italian, German, Amharic. What uncommon tools did your kids discover for learning math or languages?
Leo's recent post, "Won't Kids Just Watch TV And Play Video Games All Day?" inspired me to write this post, which I originally posted on my blog www.fathersonpicnic.com
My Son Wants To Play Video Games For A Living
I have a 12-year-old son.
My 12-year-old son loves to play video games.
My 12-year-old son loves to play video games all day long.
We all see what we believe in the world. All of us have made up our minds about time spent playing video games. Some of us see it as a waste of time. Others see it spread violence and hate. Negative feelings towards gaming have been especially hard for me to accept because of my profession. I am a game developer. I love my work and I love my kids. How can anyone believe my creations can harm children? I see video games bring fun and joy. I also see gaming as a fantastic way to learn.
Chase plays Mario on the Wii every day. He and I just unlocked World 6 this morning. We stumbled across a secret end for one of the levels and opened up the cannon that shot us to World 8! Ha! But there's so much more going on than just having fun. Let me break it down. In the game, there are star tokens hidden in each level. Here is some of the learning and practice that is going on when we come across a star token.
And my favorite..
I have five children in a Christian school that I really like; however, one of those children is a square peg and won't fit in that round hole. So she and I are venturing to try something new--unschooling! Here is my brain dump from Evernote about why, what and how we will be doing this. I'm happy to hear comments and suggestions.
WHY I've realized for many years that the current education system is not the best way to educate our children. From the moment one of my kids said, "I love reading, but my school is making me hate it," I knew that there was something off kilter. Also, the economic climate truly points to a need for independent, entrepreneurial learning as a focus of education.
Creativity is important to us as a family and continues to grow in importance in the world our kids will be entering as adults. David Pink writes in A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future, " The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. Sir Ken Robinson's TEDtalk also has had a eureka affect on my thinking about children and how their creativity is developed. Over 10 million people have watched this video:http://youtu.be/zDZFcDGpL4U
Life Lessons: I know that my "traditional education" did not prepare me for being a wife, a mom, or an entrepreneur. I think this is a very important part of training a child up. We often miss this opportunity, especially when our kids attend schools that emphasize rigorous academics and when we have multiple children involved in sports or other extracurricular activities, those important life lessons are left by the wayside at best.
A Little Bit of a Lot and Not a Lot of Anything: I know that schools want to expose kids to a lot of different subjects and topics just in case one of those might be the spark for a life-long career. The problem is that kids rarely get the opportunity to get rich, authentic experiences with any specific areas of study.
I'm collecting stories from people 18+ from people who have been through home education / unschooling and are willing to share a few words of their approach, how it went and where they are now. The results will be published open and freely. The idea being that it will help, inspire and give confidence to those newer to unschooling / home education.
Details here - http://www.unschool.me/2013/11/21/collecting-home-education-stories/
With the ever increasing effect technology has on our day-to-day activities, a new lifestyle has conquered our planet, teaching us to better understand the meaning of life. Gamification, is a word we started see more and more in the past couple of months, yet only few of the enlightened ones, have managed to truly comprehend its meaning. As time goes by, it becomes even harder for us to fully explain its constantly expanding nature. In the basis of it stays our natural ability to play. Being the most well-developed mammals on Earth, we humans are amongst the few creatures in this planet, which actually know how to play. It is being observed with dolphins, who enjoy diving though the tiny bubble rings they create, dogs, who just love fetching or chimpanzees who even use tools, such as sticks and pebbles, in their games. Yet these are only a small part of the live population on Earth. The other ones have no ability to play, as explained by specialists. And how does playing makes us so special? And what exactly is gamification?
Our course of life passes through several different stages, each of which has critically important meaning for our normal development. Along with the teen years and many others, come the time when we discover games. Playing has an essential role in our lives, being a trigger for community development and many more. The games we play are not just entertainment, they are a way for us to learn and experience events which wouldn't otherwise have the chance of living through. It is our own way of growing up and develop our minds. This is why it is not a secret, that millions of people age 25 and above still have the need to play - they basically need learning. Nature has found its own way of giving us the desire to stay informed without actually get stressed out - playing. Still, what has gamification to do with all of this?
Gamification puts our curiosity and playfulness to a test, using games to teach us the basic understanding of life. It literally means using games to teach us live through real life events and get the required experience to develop our ability to survive. This is how for example, survival games teach us staying alive in a time of starvation and war. No wonder the past decades are marked as the time with the fastest technology and intellectual development on Earth being indicated in centuries. How exactly is gamification going to affect our lives in the long term, we are yet to learn. Could astronauts learn surviving in outer space through games? Or could we learn how to become the best housekeepers in our area, just by playing mobile games? It is only a matter of time until we learn the truth about gamification. We could only wait and hope the technology revolution won't turn against us.
Hey Everyone - thought you might be interested in the latest episode of my podcast (#51) - my wife Julie and I discuss how we evolved into the Unschooling method, as well as the "whys" and the mental / emotional barriers I have confronted in embracing this way of education and life. Hope it is helpful The show is on my website (richroll.com) as well as iTunes (Rich Roll Podcast) - here is a link to this particular episode - enjoy:)
PS - we give this site a nice shoutout - thanks again Leo for doing this and everyone in the community. It has been a great source of information and support for us and our 4 homeschooled kids!
Hi everyone, I have really enjoyed following along in this space, and especially reading Leo's blogposts. I am an educator, doing some research to try to find out what are some of the biggest issues for teaching and learning, both in the public schools, and in home schools/unschools. If you wouldn't mind taking a super short survey, I'd really appreciate it! Please look at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YN2YD7T and thanks so much in advance! Contributing your voice will really make a difference!
I was recently interviewed for this post: For Unschooled Teens, Learning Communities Are Critical where I talk about the need and vision behind creating a temporary learning community for teens.
I am the parent of an unschooled teen. Only the last two years has community become a critical need in my son's world. Although we are traveling, we connect with wonderful families and friends online creating a supportive community of unschooling and homeschooling parents, many of which have teens, it is not the same as connecting in person. However, I've discovered the common element among teens are their desire for community to combat the feeling of isolation. Some parents have shared with me that their teens attending traditional high schools also feel the sense of isolation and connection but it's emotional, revealing this is a common theme. However, home educated teens have a greater sense of being alone since the physical isolation is also present.
But my son loves unschooling. And he loves traveling too.
Last year we were considering finding a democratic school so my son could be among his peers and I wrote this article calledFinding community. Dealing with teen isolation- Unschooling & Travel Finding community. Dealing with..article