When people begin to homeschool in a less-traditional way - like unschooling - they often worry if they are doing enough, providing enough, educating enough.
Sure, it would be a lot easier to follow a curriculum or just do what the teacher/expert told you to do. But now you’re aspiring for more than that kind of mindless following. While you recognize that the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for you or your child, that does put a significant amount of responsibility on your shoulders. And that often leads to feeling pressure.
Stepping off the predesigned conventional path can feels loose and lacking in purpose. Add in a good deal of fear that often accompanies parents new to unschooling, and it can feel pretty overwhelming.
Listen to the podcast to help you reframe some ideas, overcome some fears, and find the reassurance you need to be successful.
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"Unschooling Guide: Am I Doing Enough?"
This is a common question from parents new to unschooling. Families may be concerned about educational activities concerned about educational activities, if their child has enough opportunities to explore and discover, or how the days are progressing. Parents waste a lot of time second-guessing themselves! This 25-page full-color Unschooling Guide will help you figure out if you're doing fine - or if you may need change things up a bit. Here are a few of the topics and how we'll walk you through this question:
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Entire transcript here:
When people begin to homeschool in a less-traditional way, they often worry if they are doing enough, providing enough, educating enough. Good parents worry about that all the time – in non-academic ways too:
"Are we connecting enough?"
Let’s face it, it would be a lot easier to follow a curriculum or just do what the teacher told you to do. But now you’re aspiring for more than that kind of mindless following. While you recognize that the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for you, that does put a significant amount of responsibility on your shoulders. And that often leads to feeling pressure.
Sometimes we worry about whether we’re doing enough because we have been told so many times about the importance of “Structure!” So when we are stepping off the predesigned conventional path, it feels loose and lacking in purpose. Yes, it’s loose - in that the new structure is more flexible and fluid. We won’t need to get approval from some powers-that-be to make adjustments to our day! We are taking our cues from the here and now! And that may mean... it’s too gorgeous of a day to stay inside, or maybe one of the kids isn’t feeling so great, so staying home is exactly what needs to happen. It’s totally YOUR call.
But it’s not lacking in purpose! It’s just that the purpose has changed. The goals are different - but they aren’t non-existent.
Far from it!