If children are given the freedom to do whatever they want, will they choose to do nothing at all?
Is unschooling a lazy way of life? Do mothers choose to unschool because they can’t be bothered putting together a proper homeschool program for their children’s education? Perhaps unschooling mothers don’t actually do much in a day. My daughter Imogen and I discuss these questions in today’s podcast.
Along the way, we also talk about how we can encourage a love of learning, strewing, tiredness and how everything is potentially interesting, even maths!
Please ignore any contradictions. This is an unscripted conversation where we mull over ideas as we chat. Words don't always come out perfectly!
The program notes can be found, as usual, on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.
sound effects credit: http://www.freesfx.co.uk/
This week I talk about beginnings and endings. Last week the new school term began, my daughter Charlotte started a new year of her life, and two of my girls have begun a new project. (They're hoping to earn some money!)
As usual the program notes can be found on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.
This week I chat to my husband Andy and our 19 year old daughter Imogen. We talk about Andy's two roles: school teacher and unschooling father. Andy shares his own learning story as he tells of his redundancy, and his return to university mid-life which led to a whole new career. Along the way we discuss a few unschooling principles, the ways fathers can be involved in his children's lives... and tea!
- I talk about the definition of unschooling.
- Are labels useful or an invitation for criticism?
- I ponder if there are such people as unschooling experts.
- And can a radical unschooling family use a chore roster? No? Perhaps?
- I chat about how my ideas have changed over the years. And how inconvenient it is to have my past ideas published somewhere in black and white, for all to see, when I no longer believe what I wrote!