|Grandma and Baby|
Saturday, April 07, 2012
How to Unschool
A friend who has always thought of me as being crazy for willingly unschooling my kids asks me one day, "How do you do unschooling?"
Why the sudden interest? I'm curious.
"The school thing isn't going so well," she admits. "And, well, your kids seem to be turning out okay."(Thanks).
So how do you do this thing?
My response surprises her.
You don't actively go about the house doing unschooling.
That's right. You don't do math, you don't write, you don't do history, you don't do philosophy, you don't do biology or French, or Latin, or painting.
Except when you do. You do actively live. You do write, you do take French, you do science, you do study history. You do learn philosophy or geography.
You do these things with the same weight and value that you give doing sewing, or gardening, or watching TV or Youtube, or hiking, or cooking, or staying in bed.
You give equal value to whatever it is you are doing. Whether it's listening to music or making music, watching the snow fall from the window or doing an experiment with the snow, working on a math problem or baking brownies.
One day, something takes precedence; something grabs your attention and hangs on and won't let go. Something (or some things) become your main concern and you become utterly and totally immersed in that thing. And then it all makes sense.