In this post, Kate provides concrete examples of how unschooling is actually structured in her household. The key difference to realize with structuring unschooling is that it is the children that provides the structure as opposed to the parent or teacher forcing the structure. Here is what it looks like in her household:
- Planned Conversation - Every week or so, she discusses with her children what they'd like to learn about, and they make goals together.
- Random Conversation - Everyday moments often turn into spontaneous learning opportunities.
- Binder - Each child 5 or older has a binder they put together with all the learning activities they wish to perform.
- Library - During regular trips to the library, children are allowed to choose whatever they wish to read, and they love it.
- Projects - The children select projects to do, whether computer programming, cooking, or lessons somewhere in town.
- Media - They do make use of TV, phones, and computers.
As for her job, she says she is constantly researching and exposing them to new ideas. They don't always latch on to all the ideas, but the concept is to expose them to as much as possible so eventually they do take up an interest in learning something new. She contrasts her unschooling way of doing things with public education and makes several observations.
Kids learn skills when they see a need for them…and they learn them fast.
To read the full details of her unschooling experience, follow the link at the top of the page.