Today’s Real Homeschooling for Real Families post is brought to you by Talia from Our Crazy Joyful Life. She is writing about Whole Life Unschooling aka Radical Unschooling.
Talia is a local mom who heads up an unschooling facebook group. We haven’t met in person as of yet but I know how much she loves learning and growing with her kids.
Introduction to Whole Life Unschooling aka Radical Unschooling
When I think about how best to describe our homeschooling style, I run into a wall. How do I separate out our learning from our everyday life? Simple answer: we don’t. You may have heard of the term “unschooling”, which I would define as stepping outside of a set curriculum and trusting that we learn what we need to know, when we need to know it just by living an interesting, connected life. Whole life unschooling, sometimes known as radical unschooling, takes this idea beyond just an educational philosophy and applies it to, well our whole life. We apply the same foundational trust to other areas such as eating, sleep, and how much time they spend on their chosen activities. I hold the deep belief that children are capable of living without arbitrary limits, in partnership with me. Although my role seems to be ever-changing, I think of myself as a guide, a facilitator of awesome activities and opportunities, a safe space to bounce ideas off of, and a friend.