So… a couple of posts ago, I wrote a ranty blog on how resentful I feel towards my education.

For now, Nick and I have decided upon a very relaxed form of homeschooling for Morgan and Joah.  There are other words for it… unschooling, world-schooling or life learning (I think I prefer the term Life Learning).  Does this mean we’ll *never* send our kids to a traditional school or university…  well, no… I’m not saying that (and besides, I don’t like saying “never” because I almost always end up swallowing my words at a later date).

Here are some great links to click on if you’re unsure or skeptical about this particular form of schooling.

What is unschooling? 

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A day in the life of an unschooler 

By the way… this wasn’t some random decision.  This decision has taken us a long time (many months) of discussion… research… chatting to other parents who are walking a similar journey with their kids… more research… and more discussion (mostly with Nick) on what we do – and don’t – want for our kids.  I haven’t discussed it much in this blog – but I plan to discuss it a lot more.  We don’t want a “normal” education for our children.  We want them to LOVE knowledge and learning… and I really question whether our current system encourages that.

So – here’s what Life Learning kinda looks like (for our family).

They experiment…

They play…

They get active…

They get dirty…

They get wet…

They get creative…

They spend time with friends…

They try new things…

They invent their own games…

They visit cemeteries with their odd-ball parents…

They help us renovate…

They visit libraries…

They explore new places…

And they get to spend loads of quality time with their mom and dad…

Yip.  I think that… for now… it’s all good.  Life and learning are wonderful.  In the words of George Bernard Shaw:  “What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child”.

“Unschooling provides a unique opportunity to step away from systems and methods, and to develop independent ideas out of actual experiences, where the child is truly in pursuit of knowledge, not the other way around” (Earl Stevens)