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Benefits of Unschooling – a personal experience

I have had people question unschooling – stating that it is a lazy way of homeschooling and doesn’t benefit the child. I would disagree. The benefits of unschooling are great. This way of schooling might not be for everyone but it is best not to dismiss it without looking at what it could do for your children.

I didn’t ever plan on unschooling. We landed in it and we were happy. (You can check out my post on why a teacher would unschool.) I made changes and we moved more into eclectic schooling, probably more for me than them. I am reassessing as I have one of my daughters fighting anything that is routine or looks like formal learning. Her happiness and ability to learn is worth it (and for me to not have a daily fight will be great).

Let us not forget that unschooling is not a lazy way to homeschool. It takes active engagement with your children and their interests. It takes preparation and investigation on your part to make sure there are the right resources and tools. Want to know more? Here is a good resource that could get you started.

child discovering a salamader

So what have been our experiences? What do I see as the benefits of unschooling? Why would I consider going back to it more intently?

OUR BENEFITS OF UNSCHOOLING

Critical thinking and problem solving – This would be my first and foremost favorite benefit. To watch my girls using their problem solving skills is wonderful. They are actively engaged in trying new things.

Initiative and creativity – Most mornings start with a craft session, where they are taking random items and creating something. This continues through most of the day – where ideas come flooding out and they are creating something, or initiating a game or activity. Most objects in our house have multiple uses that are quite different to their original purpose.

peg dolls made by children

No set schedule – Want to start first thing in the morning? Or maybe later in the day? What about when time doesn’t matter because learning happens whenever. I love not having to get ready for school or follow a set schedule or routine.

Deep dive – Being about to follow their interests and go for a deep dive is interesting, intriguing and sometimes surprising. We are not limited to set material they “have” to learn. They get to follow their interests and their rabbit trails.

Fun – Need we say more? We can have fun in everything!

Lifelong learning – When you are not being set to a schedule of learning, this ignites a lifelong love of learning. Are there blips? Of course. But you can limit those and let learning never be restricted.

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