The Unschooling Technique

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by Patrice on February 23, 2011 · 3 comments

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Don’t let the name fool you. The unschooling technique is not an implied judgment of the public school system, structured teaching methods or textbooks and tests. It’s simply an education technique that uses natural learning through daily experiences to help children gain knowledge by following their interests.

Most single moms already know that their child can learn a lot by an afternoon visit to the museum or zoo. That’s because of the exhibits that interest the child and encourage them to ask questions and sparks an interest to learn more about the subject that intrigues them.

The unschooling technique helps mom help the child in problem learning areas by finding ways for the child to use his or her interests as they subtly gain knowledge of the subject matter they may resist in school.

When a child absorbs knowledge without knowing that they are being ‘taught’ they are less likely to resist. All activities can be educational experiences in one way or another. Curiosity offers a wonderful opportunity to work on research and reading skills. Vocabulary and grammar skills just naturally follow along as the child looks for answers to their questions in books and online. Writing about their experiences in a journal will hone many basic skills as well.

Math skills can be learned naturally by the unschooling technique as well. If the child shows an interest in bugs, gather all the materials at hand associated with bugs and let the child learn counting, addition and subtraction, and even work out higher math problems as they learn about how much food bugs will devour, the growth rate and even how quickly the reproduction process can cause an infestation.

The child who enjoys cooking can adjust recipes by multiplying or dividing ingredient portions depending on the size of the gathering that the prepared food is expected to serve. They also learn reading, the importance of following directions and how to plan and prioritize.

When the single mom becomes aware that her child is struggling in a certain area of their studies, a bit of creativity can help her work with her child in the learning style that is best for the child. Trust that the child will learn and use his interests to overcome his school difficulties.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Angie February 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

This sort of sounds like a hands on approach. I like the idea. If kids can learn better like this than I am all for it. I think that it sounds like a good idea and if it is educational and the kids are interested in it, I see no problem with it.


Alexandra February 24, 2011 at 5:46 am

This is a great idea, I know that when kids can’t follow or can’t comprehend with their academic subjects they tend to lose interest in learning. Through natural learning they can enjoy and learn at the same time. Single mom should try this to further help their kids grow more in their studies.


TPSicotte February 25, 2011 at 10:02 am

This is a great concept. Good article. well explained and useful. I will bookmark this.


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