Unschooling is not hands off.
It’s not enough to leave a child to fend for themselves when it comes to discovering new interests and the world around them. Unschooling parents should look for opportunities to expose their children to to a variety of people, new ideas, the community outside your immediate one and activities that don’t normally come up in your daily life.
If your family life is rich and full, there will be things to do, places to go, projects to tackle, interesting things to discuss. Don’t watch and wait for signs of an interest. Go out and bring them to your child…..to your family.
And when they find interests, support them! Get interested yourself, at least enough to understand what they’re doing so they can discuss it with you.
This is not about money either. Go to the library, free concerts, museums that have free admission, activities in your local parks….there’s tons of stuff if you look for it and are open to new things.
Unschooling is anything by passive and direction-less.
It’s about lighting a fire.© 2011 An Unschooling Life