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|could someone briefly explain "unschooling"?
Here is an explaination of unschooling from Fun Books:
" Unschooling can mean many things to many people - it is more a way of life than just an educational approach. You can find information about unschooling at www.unschooling.org
and unschooling.com" Also: "To produce life-long learners, we need to show our children that learning is not just something that they get graded on or that only happens during certain hours of the day or certain times of the year. We need to help them hang on to the natural joy of learning that every child is born with, to help them see that learning new things is fun, and to help them realize that learning can take place anywhere and at anytime."
Here is a quote from Anne Sullivan: "I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience." -- Anne Sullivan
|Perhaps I might clarify the question a bit more. That is, how and what do children learn in the process of "unschooling"? Specifically, what types of activities (such as cooking, shopping, or reading Shakespeare, as already mentioned) do you do during the day?
They learn all the same things that "schooled" children learn, just in different ways.
During a day "unschooling" children have numerous activities, such as cooking, shopping, and reading Shakespeare, as already mentioned. Also, spelling, writing, arithmitic, computers, science experiments, nature explorations, physical fittness, historical and current events discussions, debates, woodworking, art and dance, crafts, interior design, animal husbandry, childcare, anatomy, biology, geography, higher math principles, grammer, etc. The list goes on and on.
|Does a parent put a child on a path to certain activities, like theater? How does a child become aware of a subject like theater or Roman history or whatever in the course of their learning?
A parent may suggest a certian path or activity to a child, or a child my express an interest in something he or she has seen, read, or heard of from someone else. There are endless ways that a child may become aware of a subject like theater (attending a play or movie for example) or Roman history (hearing someone talk about it, the history channel, pbs, or reading a book for example.)
I hope this answers your questions in a way that is more agreeable to you.