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..
I support him.
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.