I’ve been a homeschooling (unschooling actually) mama since 2004 and I’ve made some “mistakes” along the way, but I always tried to look at them as a learning experience. When the Pass The Torch blog asked homeschoolers for their best tips, I decided to share five of my best ones.
1. Give yourself some time to deschool.
Letting go preconceived notions about school and learning is a gift you can give yourself, and your children. My own deschooling is a work in progress and the more I see unschooling first hand, the more I question what I once thought about education and learning.
2. Expect a period of deschooling from your children.
It’s been said that one month per every year of school is common. As I said in a previous post about deschooling, “your child has probably their natural desire to learn squashed and will need time to recover from that. With a parent’s help, they can gain back most, if not all of what they lost and begin to see the world as a place where learning is enjoyable, and all around us”.
3. Let your children feel your energy and passion for life.
Light a fire for learning in yourself and let it burn bright so they see it! What are your interests? Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? Do It! Let them see YOU learning and living life to the fullest. Be curious. Be interested in life.
4. Don’t make the mistake of duplicating at home, what you didn’t like about school.
Sometimes we just automatically repeat the same patterns, without even thinking about it, just because it’s all we know, it’s what we’re used to or it’s what we’ve always done. Replace school with a full and interesting life. The public school system can not compete with that. They can’t even come close.
5. Don’t make cookies to teach math.
Make cookies because they taste good.
*originally posted in 2007*© 2011 An Unschooling Life