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So you’ve done your research, weighed the pros and the cons, and have decided to take the leap and homeschool your child.
What’s the next step?
Among other things, you will need to decide how you will go about teaching your children. Will you use a formal curriculum, an online virtual school, or you may even be thinking about unschooling. You have many options to choose from, and you have the freedom to do things as you see fit. That is one of the best things about homeschooling in general. You get to do it YOUR way!
Let’s take a look at one of your homeschooling options, unschooling. Just what is it and how is it done? This is one question that I had myself when I first began homeschooling my children. After I had met with many other homeschooling families, I found out that there isn’t just one correct way to homeschool. The term, unschooling, would pop up in conversations, but I couldn’t imagine what it was all about. It wasn’t long before I found out that there are many ways to homeschool and many families use a combination of different methods.
Just what is unschooling?
Unschooling is also known as natural, or self-directed learning. Most families who unschool choose not to use a formal curriculum and instead let their children learn about their world on their own as much as possible.
There are advantages and disadvantages to unschooling. Let’s take a look at some of these.
The advantages of unschooling include not having to follow a strict teaching schedule. This makes the learning process for the child and the parent much less stressful. These families choose to learn about things together, and this all depends on the child’s interests. For example, if your child is very interested in dolphins, like my oldest daughter, you might decide to visit a local zoo or animal sanctuary where dolphins might be found, read books about dolphins, do an internet search for dolphin related projects or crafts depending on your child’s age, and so on and so forth. The important thing is that the learning is child led. This method makes learning fun and exciting, and allows your child to think for themselves.
Along with the good points, there are a few disadvantages to unschooling. Some parents who attempt this method get worried that their child might miss some important subjects if they aren’t interested in studying them. They might feel as though it’s too hard to give up that formal teaching style. This is especially true for parents who themselves attended formal school. I find myself still struggling with this myself. I love homeschooling my children, and have thought about unschooling, but I keep thinking that my children might miss out on something important if I choose to teach this way, and this is why I have continued to use a formal curriculum.
If you choose to use a formal curriculum to teach your child, you should still allow them to explore their interests as much as possible. No matter what homeschooling method you decide to use with your children, it’s important to remember that learning is a natural process. Even as adults, we are still learning new things every day. Take the time to learn about the many different ways to teach your child, try them out and then decide on the best one for your family.
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