31 Days of Learning Through Unschooling

Last October I had a great time participating in the Write 31 Days challenge, where bloggers were encouraged to write about any topic, every day of October. Last year I did 31 Days to Get Outside and Explore and not only did it push me further creatively and expanded my blogging knowledge, but the outside exploration was great for the family and it showed me how important is is to get outside in the sunshine and reconnect with nature! 

This year I have chosen a new topic, 31 Days of Learning Through Unschooling. I am entering my third year of homeschooling, and even though I started out with the intentions of doing more book work and structured learning, our learning style has relaxed over the years. I now see how naturally curious my children are and the vast amounts of information that they take in on their own.  

Many families question the unschooling lifestyle before they start homeschooling- will my kids learn what they need to succeed in life?  Am I doing a disservice to my children if I don’t make homeschooling more structured?  Will they just spend all day watching tv, playing video games or using a tablet? It’s not an easy switch or one that happens overnight.  Most of us were brought up in the institution of school, with tight schedules, due dates, tests and exams.  It’s had to step away from all that and let the child choose what they learn about.  I still play a role in their learning at this young age – I register them in programs and classes they want to take, I take them to the library frequently, I provide easy access to reference books, Lego, playdough, craft supplies, and I try my best to answer their 500 questions everyday!  

So join me over the next month where I post glimpses into our unschooling lifestyle and showcase learning activities that my children initiate and enjoy! Bookmark this page and I’ll post a link to each day below. 

Day 1: Glitter Pumpkins and New Friends

Day 2: Art and Politics

Day 3: Princess Chores, Calendars and Fall Walks

Day 4: Crystals and Clay

Day 5: A Scavenger Hunt and Messy Play

Day 6: Meltdowns and Minecraft

Day 7: Road Trips and Cookies

Day 8: Reptiles and Relaxation

Day 9: Recovery and Reading

Day 10: Thanksgiving and Thrift Store Finds

Day 11: Here and There

Day 12: Science and Sunsets

Day 13: Crafting, Coloring and Phone Calls

Day 14: Snow and Science Experiments

Day 15: Full Moon Fever 

Day 16: Sunday Funday

Day 17: Library Lounging

 Day 18: Clay Completion and an Angry List

Day 19: A Walk in the Woods

Day 20: Gym Time and Home For a Rest

Day 21: Buying Local and Bowling

Day 22: Cleaning Up

Day 23: Hodgepodge

Day 24: Science and Sickness

Day 25: Mr. Bones Returns

Day 26: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Day 27: Prepping Pumpkins

Day 28: Getting Crafty

Day 29: From Muggle to Gryffindor

Day 30: Movies and More Minecraft

Day 31: Trick or Treat

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34 Responses to 31 Days of Learning Through Unschooling

  1. Pingback: Write 31 Days Challenge 2017: 31 Days of our Favorite Homeschooling Activities | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  2. We unschool full time but do a math program just for my sanity. We love it! Our daily lives look a lot like your month. Except we are constantly learning or doing something together. There really are no break besides their game times. They don’t even realize most the time we are engaging and teaching them. My husband and I are a great team. Hope you have a great experience!

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  3. Pingback: Day 31: Trick or Treat | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  4. Pingback: Day 30: Movies and More Minecraft | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  5. Pingback: Day 29: From Muggle to Gryffindor | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  6. Pingback: Day 28: Getting Crafty | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  7. Pingback: Day 27: Prepping Pumpkins | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  8. Pingback: Day 26: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  9. Pingback: Day 24: Science and Sickness | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  10. Pingback: Day 23: Hodgepodge | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  11. Pingback: Day 22: Cleaning Up | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  12. Pingback: Day 21: Buying Local and Bowling | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  13. Pingback: Day 20: Gym Time and Home For a Rest | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  14. Pingback: Day 19: A Walk in the Woods | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  15. Pingback: Day 18: Clay Completion and an Angry List | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  16. Pingback: Day 17: Library Lounging | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  17. Pingback: Day 16: Sunday Funday | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  18. Pingback: Day 15: Full Moon Fever | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  19. Pingback: Day 14: Snow and Science Experiments | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  20. Pingback: Day 13: Crafting, Coloring and Phone Calls | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  21. Pingback: Day 12: Science and Sunsets | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  22. Pingback: Day 11: Here and There | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  23. Pingback: Day 10: Thanksgiving and Thrift Store Finds | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  24. Pingback: Day 9: Recovery and Reading | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  25. Pingback: Day 8: Reptiles and Relaxation | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  26. Pingback: Day 7: Roadtrips and Cookies | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  27. Pingback: Day 6: Meltdowns and Minecraft | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  28. Pingback: Day 5: A Scavenger Hunt and Messy Play | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  29. Pingback: Day 4: Crystals and Clay | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  30. Pingback: Day 3: Princess Chores, Calendars and Fall Walks | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  31. Pingback: Day 2: Art and Politics | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  32. Pingback: Day 1: Glitter Pumpkins and New Friends | Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter

  33. I have just got onto unschooling with my 9 year old son. Best wishes to you.

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  34. Looking forward to read what is in store for you and your family. i

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