Inspiration and Encouragement for Unschooling Parents
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Explore your neighborhood
You could think of yourselves as tourists in your own town. What museum or historical site or interesting natural feature have you not gone to see, or maybe haven't taken your children to lately? Pretend you're only in town for two weeks and do some cool things. Or if that seems awkward to you, import a tourist. Maybe an unschooling family could be persuaded to come and visit you, and you could take them sightseeing and also discuss unschooling. Just let the kids play, though, and play with them or watch them. Look at what they're drawn to. Look at how they examine things or what they ask about. Don't be teacherly in your responses. Answer them as you would a tourist friend who was visiting town. Tell the good parts in an inspiring way. You don't need to put it in historical or political context. Give one cool fact and if they want to know more they'll ask. That's how conversations work. Have conversations.
The quote is from page 15 of The Big Book of Unschooling, in the Deschooling section, but here is something similar: SandraDodd.com/video/doright (bottom of the page) photo by Marty Dodd