What is Unschooling?

For some children, being able to do whatever they want is a better education than the public school system. Allowing a child to learn without the help of an adult makes the child learn naturally, like walking and talking. It can also make learning a very broad horizon instead of a list of rules and expectations. Unschooling is usually a more effective way to educate a child because it allows them to pursue their own interests and in the process makes learning and discovering new things fun and entertaining for the student, which can eventually result in mastery in a certain skill or subject.

Allowing a student to learn about what they want can often make them prepared for their special something that will help them in the future. If you let the student make their own life path in their early education, this can lead to a better idea of what they might want for college. Unschooling can also lower stress for a student, seeing as they can set their own goals instead of having a seemingly endless checklist of expectations. Because the student is pursuing THEIR interests they absorb the information more easily because it’s something they want to know more about which can make learning a much quicker process than in public school. So, if you put in just a little effort and let the student go by them self, they can ride without their training wheels.

As well as a more efficient way of learning, unschooling can also be really fun for the student. One of the reasons unschooling can be fun for the learner is that instead of being handed a test and having to complete a list of questions in a seemingly small duration of time, they are working towards their own life goals. Learning can even be found in play, for example, if the student is reading a book, and recognizes a reference in history, they might want to find out more about that time in history. Friends can also be a big part of unschooling, one of your student’s buddy’s can inspire your learner, bringing something new and creative to the table. So unschooling not only educates the learner, but for them, it feels just like play!

So, the student is now pursuing their own interests and having fun in the process, but when things get difficult, that’s when things start to get hard. Gaining mastery at a certain skill is one of the best benefits of unschooling, but that’s when the student is considering giving up on their dreams, which is your cue to step in and help them through it. At that point, the student might be feeling like there is such a long way to go and that it isn’t worth it,(I should know)so the student needs help, sometimes validation that they have made it this far and sometimes help with setting reasonable goals to get them back on track. If the student in question is still having a hard time, maybe they can get help from friends as well, and once everyone is on the same page, the learner is on they’re way to mastery!

With more and more unschooling society’s popping up around the world, people start to question whether or not it is better than the public school system. Unschooling is not a bad thing though, children can invest in their interests and have fun doing it as well. On top of all that, it allows children to gain mastery over a certain skill or subject. Every day, students learn and thrive in these unschooling environments, instead of sitting at a desk all day wishing that they could go home and read or draw or learn in any way imaginable, if you are a parent, check in with your child about these things, and if you are a child, then you can check in with your parent too.

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