There are so many different "kinds" of homeschooling, I couldn't possibly go into detail on the different methods and techniques for educating children at home. One way that I was certain wasn't for us, was unschooling. This is a method of educating the children by allowing them to explore the world by their own devices.
Have I mentioned how much I love planning? My *slight* obsession with planning is what gets in my way of allowing my kidlets to explore and learn on their own (I prefer the term interest led education, personally) Here's a snapshot of my teachers planner.
Notice the date? I plan the entire year at once, and stick to my plan. Granted, life has never thrown any curve balls my way to cause me to get off course, and as of now, I've been able to stick to my plan for over a year.
Well, all was good until yesterday when I ran out of steam. We spent the day at the library, then had a picnic and watched some ballet at the Landmark Center. By the time we got home, I was ready for a nap. Sticking to my plan was the last thing I wanted to do. I mean, I can normally push through, but I was exhausted.
Millie mentioned that she really wanted to look at her plant under the microscope. So, I got out the microscope, a slide making kit, and some prepared slides. While I napped, Millie explored the microscopic world. She learned what all the knobs on her microscope do, what happens when you use a cover slip, etc.
Elise made her own microscope out of a styrofoam cup :)
So, I guess we had an afternoon of complete unstructured schooling. Honestly, I think she learned things that I couldn't have taught her that day (problem solving, for example).
Now, if there was only a way for me to put down my planner and allow for some interest led education, or "unschooling" on a more regular basis, I think we'd all be a bit happier.
Hi. I'm Leslie and I finally gave up my planner for part of the day. ;)
I'd welcome tips from experienced unschoolers on how I can loosen up and allow learning to take place naturally, without being a slave to my planner. Anyone?