Unschooling is a different form of homeschooling that many parents opt to use as their method to educate children at home. While unschooling sounds rather scary to those outside of the homeschool world, it’s just another way to help your children learn through a process that encourages independent learning much like other methods of homeschooling.
Unschoolers are parents that support teaching their children at home through a natural style of learning, which is best described as self-directed learning.
While there are several styles and techniques involved in unschooling, the most important thing you should know is that it’s not a push to get your child into college.
In fact, many parents opt to use this method of homeschooling because their children have a passion for something and want to learn more about it through the process of discovery. This means that while you might have a child who wants to learn about history, there might also be a young girl who loves art and learning things related to color theory.
In traditional homeschool learning, students would be taught several subjects of study throughout the day while being tested on more than just their knowledge. In the case of unschooling, children are encouraged to explore what they love and discover what they are passionate about.
This means that if you have a child who loves dinosaurs, you might see them spending time outside looking for fossils or reading books on the subject rather than sitting in a classroom by themselves at home.
Unschooling has been around for decades and is still practiced by many families throughout the world today. In addition, many parents feel that unschooling is one of the easiest methods of homeschooling because it’s based on letting children learn what they want when they want.
If you’re interested in learning more about unschooling, there are hundreds of books available that will not only educate parents but give them an insight into how to go about choosing lessons and activities within this style of learning.
Unschooling is just another style of homeschooling that many parents have used throughout the years to teach their children at home with a little bit of support from loved ones who are willing to step in and help out when needed.
Do Unschoolers Get a Diploma?
Much like most homeschoolers, unschoolers don’t get a diploma from a participating agency such as a public or private school, but that doesn’t mean they never graduate from high school. In fact, part of the total cost of home education can include money for a tutor or planner to help your child with their post-high school plans.
It’s important to note that a vast majority of unschoolers have no interest in going to college at all because it does not reflect what their learning is like when they’re homeschooled.
Unschooling parents do encourage exploration and growth into fields that may be considered a higher risk when considering traditional forms of education such as teaching your child how to build a soapbox car from scratch instead of sitting in the classroom for an hour listening to a lecture.
What are the Benefits of Unschooling?
The biggest benefit of unschooling is that it’s based on letting children learn what they want when they want to learn about it.
For example, if your son or daughter wants to learn about airplanes, there will be no time limit set, no strict lesson plan, and the child will be able to explore as they want through books, websites, or anything else that might give them a better understanding of what their passion is.
Unschooling does not mean that parents do not have to interact with their children. In fact, unschooling families are encouraged to connect with one another on a regular basis because it helps the child learn more about what they want to study or be interested in learning about.
When you give your child the space to explore what interests them, they are much more likely to stay engaged in the learning process rather than fall behind in traditional school settings where they are often just bored with the material being taught.
In conclusion, nearly every parent in the world can agree that each child learns differently. That’s why it’s so wonderful to have access and the opportunity to create a homeschool or unschooling environment that helps each child learn and grow within a safe environment at a pace that works for each of them.
9 thoughts on “What is Unschooling?”
I’ve heard about this. A few of my friends do this with their kids. It wouldn’t be for me but I know there are benefits!
I have never heard of this before, but it makes so much sense. Kids learn best when they’re interested in what they’re doing.
This would be perfect for my kids for this summer. They do like learning new things.
We want our daughter to be bilingual so we are sending her to a Chinese immersion school. That’s not something I could do while homeschooling as I’m not fluent.
This is my first time hearing about the unschooling method of learning it sounds cool to me because you are able to let the child study what they really want to learn and what they really want to become in the future.
This is the first time I’m actually hearing of unschooling. I didn’t even know this was a thing. I’m glad that I now know about this though. I’m thinking of doing homeschooling for my kids again. I did it for a year during the first year of covid. The kids want to go back to homeschooling again, so in the next year we might do it again.
It’s my first time knowing about this unschooling term. I think it’s all worth it. For some parents who prefer this method, I respect their preference.
Unschooling is a different and new point of view. It’s something that I should consider!
This is the first time I’ve heard about this. This sounds really perfect for my kids this summer!