Tuesday, November 3, 2015

We do school at home.

Homeschooling #3

Unschooling. NOT to be mistaken with NO schooling.
There is a difference.

No schooling at all is a disservice to your children.

Unschooling is a method of homeschooling that puts
the desire, drive, motive and responsibility for life – this thing we call learning,
or education – in the hands of the learner.
 ~ quote found on unschooling.com

I believe children learn best when Not confined to a seat with a pencil,
a stack of workbooks and a long grueling school day.

Don't get me wrong, pencils and workbooks have their place, we use them!
BUT...I believe children and teens {and adults for that matter!}
learn more from experience than just reading about it.

I also believe that a lot of homeschooling families burn themselves out
because they stress over doing too much "school".

This article sums up so much of how I feel about young children.

Creativity flows like a river when my young kids are playing!

When you give students of all ages a learning environment to create in...

Watch out!
Science 101 will be happening in your backyard.
Novels will be written. Your kitchen will turn into a bakery. Your piano will be played.

You will be amazed at what your children come up with
when they are left alone in a learning environment.

What is a learning environment? How do you create one?

It's easy.

Get a library card. Let your chidren choose books that interest them.
Set aside time each day that they have to read. Even if it's just for 15 minutes!

Visit Hobby Lobby and go crazy in their art supply section. You can do a lot of damage for $20.00.
blank paper. sketching pencils. paint and fancy brushes.
Also, I have found if I buy the better quality art supplies,
my children are more apt to use them.

Teach your children your passions.
Jeff and I love music...guess what every single one of our kids love?
That's right...Music.

If you love to garden, bring them in the garden.
If you love technology, show them how it works.
If you love cleaning, teach them how to wash a floor!
Give them life skills! They will appreciate it when they are older.

Find out what your child's passion is and let them run with it.
They will learn leaps and bounds when the subject is of interest.

Yes your children will have to learn math and language arts...
....but don't let that crowd out your homeschooling.

A huge blessing of homeschooling is being able to provide your child
with an education suited to fit them as an individual.

The goal of our homeschooling is to teach our kids how to teach themselves.
We want them to go out in the world and be able to learn without someone holding their hand.

We don't want them to view school as something that
starts at age five and ends when they are eighteen.

We want them to love learning.
There is a great big world out there... beyond a workbook and a test!

The beauty of homeschooling is being able to do it your way.
Whatever works best for your family.


  1. I am enjoying all your homeschooling posts! I discovered your blog last fall, soon after we found out we were unexpectedly expecting our 5th child (ages 10 and under). This year was looking a little overwhelming but your posts have been very encouraging to not try and do it all, but spend more time enjoying all of life and let that be part of school. Would love to hear more details about unschooling. My personality tends to thrive on structure and routine so it's easy to fall into the rut of book work...and more book work! But we get burned out often too. ;)
    Thank for all you've shared!


  2. I so agree. Even though we had set curriculum, we made lots of time for living life, learning skills, going on fieldtrips, and loads of reading. Such rich years.