Thursday, May 31, 2012
As June nears and summer approaches, many parents are anticipating bright, outdoor days of unstructured play with their children. Many homeschooling families who follow a curriculum during the year take the summer off from their studies, and some families with children in school choose to take a break from a busy school-year schedule with wide-open summer days. Summer is also a time that many families experiment with the idea of homeschooling for the upcoming fall, trying to decide if a life without schooling fits their family's lifestyle.
Whether families are "official" homeschoolers or not, summer is an extraordinary time to celebrate "unschooling," savoring the opportunity to live and learn together using the world as a dynamic classroom.
Throughout the coming weeks, I will be writing blog posts about "an unschooling summer," highlighting the ways in which we can use these long, warm days to learn alongside our children. Unschooling, by definition, doesn't follow any set criteria or learning methodology, but it can be helpful to point out the ways in which our summer surroundings continuously teach us, revealing just how much we can learn from our everyday lives with our children.
I would also love to hear from you, the "summer unschoolers," on how you plan to spend these next few months as a family, learning together in an open, unstructured, invigorating way. What does summer unschooling look like for your family, and what tips can you share for other families choosing a slower, simpler summer schedule?
I look forward to sharing your insights throughout the coming weeks, and offering tips for taking full advantage of your summer unschool!