06 February 2015

Homeschool - Unschool - Life School


Have you heard of unschooling? It's a word that was coined in the 70s, but it seems to be becoming more popular these days. Basically, unschooling  is "an educational method and philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning. Unschooling students learn through their natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction."

I feel like a lot of our day is unschooling, because our traditional school work takes us about 2 hours each day. My kids have math and science workbooks, reading and geography lessons, and spelling tests each week. But we have so much more time during the day that we aren't doing those things. We've started doing something I like to call, "Life School." One day each week, instead of doing book work, I work with them on doing chores, like the dishes, laundry, and cleaning the bathroom. They are so excited each time we do life school, and they enjoy learning how to do chores and never complain!

As they get older, we will transition into having these chores be more of a part of their daily routine, but now, we are taking it slow, teaching them to complete chores thoroughly, and having fun!