Happy Wednesday !! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.
I love reading about unschooling. Now I don’t mean the radical let your kids run free all day and watch TV. I love the approach of teaching in a different way. Chloe learns best by reading and with hands on activities. She is not a fan of the worksheets I have her do, but we have to do a few to work on writing and certain other skills. Plus I have to place work in her portfolio. I decided this year not to buy workbooks for her. I have some left from last year, but I am trying to find as much as I can online for her. I love the cut and paste activities and she doesn’t view these as worksheets. Unschooling means different things to different people. I think of it as treating education as more of what Chloe “NEEDS” to learn and not teaching her every little thing. I know there are a lot of things I never used from school. I can’t even remember most of it. I do however remember when my mom taught me how to use money. I remember reading every day. That was my favorite way to learn. I’m not putting down public school, but some children learn better in a different atmosphere. I pray for the schools every day. The bullying and stress of children is growing, not getting better. I have heard parents say their child is in 1st or 2nd grade and getting spelling words that are hard and the child cries trying to learn them. That is so sad. I remember having to learn all the states in 8th grade. I studied so hard, but could never pass the test. My wonderful teacher gave me several chances to pass it, but I couldn’t. I felt like a failure. The funny thing is I still don’t know them and it hasn’t affected me at all. I know more than I did then, but I learned them at my own pace.
When I started homeschooling Chloe I basically copied school. She was not a fan and threw many fits. I was pushing concepts her mind couldn’t handle yet, even though this is what she would be learning at school. I tried including more hands on activities, which help a little. This year I am approaching Chloe’s education in a different way. Since she is autistic I am focusing more on the skills she needs to learn. I am working on life skills and in each subject required by our state I will work on the concepts she is ready to learn. She loves to read, so I try to think of activities to build off of her favorite books. I give her plenty of playtime and outside time. We are not on a time crunch, so we take our time. I see unschooling as a way to teach my child the way she learns best. Chloe love the YouTube channel Jack Hartman. He has tons of great learning songs. She has learned so many concepts from him.
There are many Unschooling family blogs online to read more about different ways families approach this type of homeschooling. I believe children need to play and explore. It’s my job to provide the materials and experiences for her to learn at her own pace.
Thank you so much for reading our blog today. Please leave a comment with your opinion or how you homeschool. Are you a more traditional homeschooler or do you do something different? I hope everyone has a blessed day.