As we’re approaching a back-to-school season like none other, many parents are looking for non-traditional ways to educate their kiddos. Enter unschooling.
What Is Unschooling?
Based on the belief that children thrive when they are able to explore their interests without educational institutions determining what and how they should learn, unschooling is gaining popularity amongst parents. In short, it is a more informal style of learning in which the “student” (your child or children) and their interests dictate the means and methods of learning.
We searched the internet to find inspiration for children doing real things in their homes and organically learning in the process. Whether or not unschooling is right for you and your child, there are creative ideas that everyone can bring into their homes to enrich their experiences.
10 Great Unschooling Ideas You’ll Be Inspired By
Math for Breakfast
What is sweeter than a fruit math lesson? We’re feeling inspired by this organic approach to learning.
If your little one is expressing interest in reading, consider this genius hack and encourage them to track the words that they recognize in their favorite books.
We can all benefit from quiet time in nature, so encourage your little one to get still and journal as a part of your unschooling day.
There is nothing more entertaining to a child than getting deep in a muddy mess. We applaud this mama’s muddy learning quest.
Making Their Mark
If a handwriting lesson feels a little too dull, take the learning outside and add chalk.
This unschooling mama has excellent resources for an artistic day out in nature.
Kiddos will love learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly by raising their very own.
Sensory Table Time
We love the simplicity of this water and ice sensory table. “Only a few minutes to put together, but then provides a whole morning of fun,” shares this unschooling parent.
Let Them Be Wild
“Let them be wild and little for as long as they can.” We couldn’t possibly agree more.
It’s nice to have reminders like this one that educating your child doesn’t always go as you thought it would. Lower those expectations and take the pressure off, parents.
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.