Learning, it’s all about perception..
Some look at this and see a child messing around on a pool table when he should be at school learning. As an unschooler, I see something else..
I see a child who is leaning about angles, force and trajectory.
I see a child who is improving his gross and fine motor skills, learning finesse.
I see a child who hates being defeated, learning to accept that sometimes, losing is a part of life.
I see a child who has practiced for hours to improve his skill, taken criticism on board and controlled his emotions when he failed.
I see a child whose learning is not confined to a classroom, I see a child whose learning is confined only by his imagination.
My role as an unschooler is not to teach him what I feel he needs to know, it’s to listen to his questions and be willing to stop what I am doing and turn it into a learning opportunity. Not only one that aligns with the national curriculum, but one that is tailored to his own personal strengths, weaknesses and is individualised in such a way that is interesting, engaging and relevant to him.
The only thing I ever want to teach Jaiden, is that he has the ability to learn and master absolutely anything he puts his mind to.