The Unschooling Project
There are pros and cons to homeschooling of course and it must resonate with both child and parent to be effective. That being said, I find it resonates with me deeply. Not just homeschooling, but ‘Unschooling‘, a form of homeschooling that allows children to learn through their natural life experiences rather than a particular curriculum. This might sound wild to some, as it did to me five years ago, but I’ve had time to digest the philosophy, and address my concerns through research. ‘Unschooling‘ was coined in the 70’s by educator John Holt who designed an approach to education where children are allowed to continue the curiosity driven learning that all children engage in naturally. It’s a child-led learning where parents help to facilitate the curiosities of their children.
You’re interested in Dinosaurs? Lets read some books about them, what they ate, what they looked like, if they were heard animals or solitary carnivores! Lets look into the Triassic Period and asteroids!! Oh, that might lead us to astronomy, and how the stars were used as a map to travel from village to village or a map of when and where to plant their grains and vegetables. When studying cultures, why not take the opportunity to research recipes and try them out together? Essentially, you just keep doing the same thing you always did with your kids before they started school… listening to their questions and helping them find answers. Putting things before them and seeing if it peeks their interest.
As a personal project and a way to learn more about the day to day of Unschooling, I’ve taken this photo series on as a personal project. Something I’ll continue doing until I feel I’ve learned what I need to learn about it. This is one of the way in which I learn best, through my lens.. and I love what I’m seeing.