Unschooling means to me learning through living. No curriculum, no pseudo school set up, no assuming your child will learn specific things in the upcoming year and certainly no detailed planning about the “year of learning”. To me it’s about living and experiencing a diverse life and following your child’s lead when approaching different topics. It’s also about listening to their interests and helping them learn more about those interests.
I hope as an unschooling mama, I’ll get out with my children often giving them plenty of opportunities to find interest in a variety of topics. I personally value spending time outdoors a great deal and think there’s no better way for a child’s mind to be at ease, ready to take the whole world in.
I think the computer/internet is a great tool for expanding knowledge and connecting with others. When a question is asked it’s a quick and easy resource for the answer. Sometimes a little too quick and easy which is why I greatly value the library as an important resource. A walk to the library is something we enjoy very much as is sitting in the aisles with my daughter and no limit to the subjects we can read about. Which is only slightly spoiled by her brother’s current desire to look at all the same books upside down and then tossing them to the ground.
I’m less of a fan of tv and video games and don’t believe there is much benefit to them despite the convictions of other unschooling parents saying otherwise. There’s certainly a lot of evidence to support concerns about tv and it’s effect on children’s brains and learning. The small amount of knowledge gained from watching a program can quickly turn malignant and become hours spent transforming into a tv zombie. Watchers become targets of aggressive marketing and the skewing of personal and social values seem inevitable. I’ve kind of touched my personal thoughts on artificial and manufactured things worth avoiding here.
[Just to name a few tv article worth reading: Infants weaned on tv cannot concentrate, Too Much TV Can Have Negative Impact on Children, TV Has Negative Impact On Very Young Children’s Learning Abilities,Trash Your TV….]