Day in the Life of an Unschooler

Unschooling is a unique educational philosophy that emphasizes learner-chosen activities as the primary means for learning.

Unlike structured homeschooling that follows a specific curriculum, unschooling encourages children to follow their interests and learn organically. Here are a few examples of what a day in the life of an unschooled child might look like:

Morning:

  • Wake up naturally without an alarm clock, to ensure the child is well-rested and ready for the day.
  • Prepare breakfast together as a family. This activity can incorporate lessons about nutrition, math through measuring ingredients, and life skills such as cooking and cleaning.
  • The child might decide to read a book of their choice, nurturing their love for reading and developing language skills.

 

Mid-Morning:

  • Depending on the child’s interest, they might engage in a hands-on science experiment, go for a nature walk, or start a craft project. The guiding principle is that the child is following their curiosity.
  • A child interested in music might spend time practicing an instrument or creating their own songs.

 

Afternoon:

  • After lunch, the child might want to build something with LEGO blocks or engage in a puzzle. Such activities can help develop spatial awareness, problem-solving, and creativity.
  • They could also play educational video games or apps that align with their interests, providing an enjoyable way to learn new concepts.
  • An older child might spend some time writing a blog post or creating a video on a topic they are passionate about.

 

Late Afternoon/Evening:

  • The family might visit a local museum, library, or community event, providing a broad range of learning opportunities.
  • At home, they might play board games that encourage strategic thinking, teamwork, and communication.
  • They may wind down the day by watching an educational documentary related to something they are curious about.

 

It’s important to note that no two days will look the same in an unschooling environment. Each day’s activities depend on what the child is interested in at the time.

The role of the parent in this process is to provide resources, facilitate opportunities, and support the child’s interests.

When done right, unschooling is an amazing approach to education. Imagine a child that enjoys everything he’s learning about. If this sounds like something your family might excel with, give it a go!

Unschooling is NOT a free-for-all where your kid does any and everything he wants without guidance. That’s a common misconception because of the nature of the word that sounds a lot like anti-schooling. Your child should be learning – they may just not realize it. 🙂

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