Today’s video is from the Patreon archives, but it’s just in time since we’re currently on our 6-week summer “break.”
Although we do a year round Sabbath schedule and take “breaks” several times a year, our breaks don’t look much different from our #homeschool days. Learning isn’t something you can turn on and off. It happens every day and in every situation. Once you embrace that truth, it’s as if a weight is lifted off your shoulders.
Children learn all the time. Adults learn all the time. The question is, how will you take advantage of it today?
Since there are so many new homeschooling families this year, many of whom feel as if they’ve been thrown into it without preparation, I just wanted to make a quick video breaking down the difference between #deschooling, #unschooling, and #homeschooling.
I had originally planned to talk to you today about what we learned from #unschooling. Then I remembered a blog post I had written several years ago, which, in my opinion, perfectly explains why everyone should give unschooling a try.
There can be fewer things more frustrating for a #homeschooling parent than to excitedly allow our children time for self-directed learning only to discover that they don’t seem to be interested in ANYTHING. While I don’t have a foolproof solution to this, I am going to share some wisdom I gained during our #unschooling years.
Ah, self-directed learning. It’s one of my absolute favorite advantages of relaxed homeschooling. There can be no more effective way for children to learn, in my opinion.
In fact, its efficacy is what has enabled me to embrace a simpler homeschool approach for my children. Out of all the “fool-proof” tricks I’ve tried and well-intentioned advice I’ve received, there is no denying the fact that kids (at least, my kids) learn far more successfully and enthusiastically when they themselves are the ones who are given the reins on their education.
However, over the past few months I have realized that there are some who don’t quite understand what self-directed learning actually is, and I’ve found that the most confusion stems from one faulty idea: that self-directed learning is just another name for independent learning.
As the holidays seemingly arrive with astounding speed this year, it can be quite easy to be overcome with the stress of knowing that not only has the Christmas season appeared with little warning, but as a homeschooling parent, you are still responsible for educating your child during this time.
What to do?
Although many families attempt to trudge through like the troopers they are, quite a few realize after a brief time that it just isn’t going to work. How can it with all of the busyness that often accompanies this time of year?