Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

My family officially started our homeschool about three weeks ago. Since then we’ve been very busy! I am of the belief that learning never stops, but September 5th was the first day. We practice the unschool method for homeschool. What is unschooling you ask? It’s a form of child led learning. Unschooling can look very different from one family to the next. It’s about exploring your children’s interests instead of memorizing concepts only to use them to pass a test. We began our first day of unschool visiting a farm for fresh foods. We got to chat with the owners about the cows on the farm and made a few purchases.

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Unschool Life: What Back to School Looks Like for Us

We’ve been happy to reconnect with our homeschool community village, where we have a field trip or activity every Thursday. We recently went fishing and visited Sweetwater Creek State Park. 

Unschool Life: What Back to School Looks Like for Us

Unschool Life: What Back to School Looks Like for Us

Unschool Life: What Back to School Looks Like for Us

Unschool Life: What Back to School Looks Like for Us

 

Sweetwater Creek State Park covers so many lessons. We visited the gift shop and visitors center which also houses a museum as well as animals you may see on the trail. There are also cotton mill ruins along the trail. It was a history, geography and science lesson all in one!

Unschool Life: What School Looks Like for Us

Unschool Life: What School Looks Like for Us

Unschool Life: What School Looks Like for Us

 Unschool Life: What School Looks Like for Us

The library is also an integral part of our unschool life. My children love to read all different types of books. I feel like reading is the gateway to education. We actually purchase physical books, and check books out from the library. On our last visit we checked out 40 books! My kids read them all within the three week check out period.

Unschool Life: What School Looks Like for My Family

Our library also has a free weekly chess club meetup. All of my children play chess, and they actually need to teach me! I’m not that good at the game, but I’m happy they have the opportunity to perfect their skills and challenge themselves all at once.

Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

Just last week we visited Jaemor Farm for a fun tour and some apple picking! It was awesome for the kids to get a behind the scenes look at running the farm, and the farmers market. We also got to learn about pollinators that are so important to all of the fruits and vegetables that grow on the farm. Notice when I refer to learning, I say “we” because I’m also learning right along with my children! 

Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

We have so much more planned for the fall, and a lot of impromptu field trips and travel usually happen along the way for my family. Unschooling can be as amazing as you make it. We can turn anything into a learning experience. My children continue to do book work and worksheets for the basics like grammar and math skills, but we are mostly about digging deep to explore their interests and real life learning. 

Unschool Life: What Homeschool Looks Like for My Family

 

If you homeschool, have you ever considered unschooling for your children? 

Ashley 

2 Comments

  1. Vada Love

    September 28, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I am homeschooled before but I stopped before my son made it to 3rd but I plan on homeschooling my youngest next week. How do you prepare for the mandatory test?

  2. Latonya

    September 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for sharing, Ashley! I am in the middle, I guess. I allow my daughters to guide their education, but they have some traditional ways about themselves. We make it work for us. I love that we get to explore, create, and learn in an environment that they have helped create.

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