More parents are thinking outside the box when it comes to their child’s education. There are many topics that are not covered in the traditional education system and many parents want their kids to have a well rounded education that includes more than just the foundation subjects.
There are unschooling rules that can be applied to homeschooling techniques that result in students that enjoy what they are learning and tackle topics that interest them, and that they will use and develop past their academic career.
How to Apply Unschooling Rules to Home Schooling
1. Give Kids a Say in what they Learn
Many kids are really bright but they learn topics in school that simply do not interest them, or do not tap into their type of intelligence. It’s wonderful to have a bit of exposure to every subject available but when a child is forced to learn, for example, chemistry for years; their grade point average drops unnecessarily if they are not inclined toward that topic.
When a child discovers their interests and studies them more than in the traditional schooling environment they become passionate about these topics and define and develop them more than their peers, who have to learn about these interests on their own time, and as a hobby. Whether it is photography, animal husbandry or cooking, children that choose their own topics and have more control over their education, narrow in on their strengths and interests earlier in their academic career, and become very good at what drives them the most.
2. Make Everyday a Learning Experience
When kids are confined to the classroom they see school as being the place to learn and home as a refuge from learning; but learning should be ongoing, and fun. Every time children leave the home they have the opportunity to learn something new. An example of this technique is asking the kids to estimate the total amount for the groceries that are being placed in the cart at the store. This is practical mathematics that is useful in adulthood. Or when parents take their children to the zoo there can be a discussion on the animal’s natural habitat, whether it is predator or prey and whether the animal is a mammal, bird, reptile etc.
3. Set Natural Schedules
Many children go to school very tired and don’t have the energy to fully absorb their course material. This is another instance where children can be very smart but they are not given the right conditions for their individual needs to thrive in the traditional education environment. With home schooling, kids can start their day a little later, take breaks when their body and mind need it and work later in the day. This is another example of not completely separating school for a place of learning and home-time being used solely for leisure.
These are a few unschooling rules and Unschooling Paradise has more rules and strategies that help parents break the mold of the traditional way of learning.