Unschooling

Unschooling is a method of homeschooling that seems to stir up controversy whenever it’s mentioned. Those that unschool will tell you that unschooling doesn’t mean that there is NO school. It just means that the learning that goes on in their home is child led, or interest led. Rather than following lesson plans or textbooks, the children learn about what interests them at the time. They focus on hands on activities and/or reading, but at their pace and only as much as their interests carry them.

There are radical unschoolers who feel like anything assigned, or even suggested, by the parent isn’t true unschooling. Then you have families who follow a more structured homeschool schedule and plan that feel like unschooling isn’t a method of homeschooling at all; it’s just a word lazy parents use to justify not doing anything with their children.

Regardless of whether you fall on one side of the unschooling fence or the other, I feel like every homeschooling family follows and practices a little of the “child-led” mentality. Even following a lesson plan and a curriculum, we still allow our children the opportunity to spend extra time on what interests them most, don’t we?

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