*This post is part of the How Do I Homeschool series. Read the other parts here!*
Unschooling sounds like the easiest homeschooling method, but it both is and isn’t. I personally have used the unschooling method for preschool with Monkey, and I probably will with Bo as well. We will supplement our regular lessons with unschooling, but, I find I am undisciplined enough for exclusive unschooling.
What is the Unschooling Method?
How Does Unschooling Work?
Unschooling will look different from child to child. Since the education model is child-directed, you may find a 9 year-old just learning to read, or a 7 year-old starting to learn advanced math and algebra. It really depends on the student.
Unschooling lends itself toward other educational methods, like unit studies and Montessori. Unschooling is allowed in many states, but some states may require a more structured teaching method.
What are the Benefits of Unschooling?
Children who are taught using the unschooling method often do not lose the zest for learning that young students have. Children are free to learn at their own pace, which can lead to a more complete education of many subjects. Unschooling is activity-based and hands-on, which is ideal for children who learn by tactile methods and who hate sitting still for traditional lessons.
What are the Downsides of Unschooling?
As stated above, unschooling may not be compatible with homeschooling laws in certain states. It can also lead to significant gaps in a child’s education, which may or may not get filled in later. In the upper grades, it can be a challenge to document unschooling for a transcript. Students who are used to unschooling will find transitioning to a traditional classroom difficult.
Where Can I Learn More about Unschooling?
You can learn more about unschooling in the following places:
What are some Unschooling Curriculums?
With unschooling, you don’t really use a formal curriculum at all. Rather, you use resources from daily life to teach subjects to children. Some unschoolers use resources like these for ideas:
Do you use the unschooling method? What are your favorite resources?
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