Unschooling Lessons: I

  • This summer I have been experimenting with unschooling.  My purpose is to determine how much and how well my children learn without being pushed in any certain direction.  I also want to determine what things they learn from…what are the subjects that we introduce, for whatever reason, and what do they come across on their own.

Do not be afraid to introduce a subject, based on the child’s age.

This lesson became very clear when Adam was sounding out a word.  He yelled, to no one in particular, “What does ‘B’ say?”

Daniel, who is two, grabbed a block from the pile he was playing with, it had the letter B on it, as well as a picture of a bumble bee.  He came running to Adam, saying, “This bee says ‘buzz buzz, and this B says /buh/ /buh/.”  Then he turned the block over, showing the lowercase B, “This is the baby.  It says /buh/, too.”

How had he learned this? 

He had been there every day, as I taught Benjamin the basics of reading, and often reviewed, using blocks.  He had asked about the animals, and their sounds.  The “baby” B was his own interpretation.

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