unschooling kindergarten twin boys
Cherie - posted on 11/15/2014
That's what I have been doing- and setting up field trips at the museums and nature centers. I put on learning songs while they play. I just don't know if I am doing enough for the school year. I found teachyourmonstertoread.com and abcya.com which have free phonics games. I am not sitting for 2 hours a day with "formal learning".
Chet - posted on 11/14/2014
I completely disagree that unschooling is more for older kids. Technically, we could claim to be unschooling our 5 year old. He's eligible for preK, but at home full time just doing what he does - learning by playing, exploring, interacting with us and filling his time with what interests him.
The unschoolers I know all unschooled from the beginning. The idea with unschooling is that children shouldn't learn artificially. They should learn because they want or need to know. They should learn in a natural and self-directed way, which is how we usually allow babies, toddlers and preschoolers to learn. Unschoolers just keep that going even after kids are 3 or 4.
Unschooling at 5 is just a continuation of what you've been doing all along...
Kids play a lot. You read together a lot. You go on outings to parks and libraries and community events. You sign up for a couple of activities that the kids will find fun. You have play dates. You involve the kids in household chores that naturally require math and reading - like following recipes when you cook or bake, matching socks, setting the table, buying for groceries, etc.
Our five year old is only beginning to develop an interest in learning to read. However, he enjoys books a lot... and he's beginning to recognize environmental print from things like pressing "START" to start the dishwasher.
Sarah - posted on 11/13/2014
Why are you opting to unschool as opposed to homeschooling where at least you have a planned schedule and curriculum. The philosophy of unschooling is more oriented to older kids. Where the kids are allowed to investigate whatever interests them, and learn in a very fluid manner. I have not met any 5 yo unschooled kids.
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