So we were recently asked this question about unschooling Miro. “Are there areas of study that you guide? Is any curriculum you insist upon?, what do you teach your kid?”
There’s vast difference between teaching and learning. My role as an unschooling parent: SUPPORT
I don’t play the role as teacher.
I don’t even guide Miro into learning anything,
I support him. I have shared my recent reflections as an unschooling mom, here, but my role is clear..
The idea of child -led education means really, hands off, from the parent(s) in terms of determining what he learns. I don’t dictate that he learns anything, rather trust that he will. And he does.
Think about it…if some of the time I allowed him to choose, and the other times I imposed a curriculum based on my idea of what I think he should be learning, then Miro would have no ownership over his learning experience. I suspect he’d get lazy about his own education and since it wouldn’t really be his own experience.
I wholeheartedly think it’s important for him to be totally in charge. And you know what? He’s decided to write a novel. My son, the 13 year old novelist.. It’s in progress, but I promise to keep you posted.. In the meantime, be sure to check out his writing here.
Lainie and her son Miro are living a location independent lifestyle, slow traveling around the globe and living in the present moment. Lainie writes about staying inspired, participating as a global citizen, volunteering, unschooling & natural learning. Lainie and Miro are both following their interests on the road, as the planet has been transformed into their classroom. Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental world schoolers” and has become and an advocate for “life learning” at any age. Lainie & Miro have taken this philosophy to heart and are producing a series of family & teen oriented retreats in called Project World School.
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