People often ask me what form our home/unschooling takes, or if we’re doing a preschool curriculum (those people don’t know us, obviously), or some other variation on our education plans for Sam. And you know, telling them we believe in child-led learning doesn’t seem to answer the questions. Because that’s just not a concept most people get. It’s too far removed from normal, and too vague, and it implies that we take a totally passive role. But really, I think the terms homeschool and unschool are at least as awful and vague and I need a new word. Homeschooling is no good because we don’t do school at home, and unschooling is no good because we’re not undoing anything. I like life learning but again with the vague, plus it makes us sound like a bunch of long-haired hippies. (Oh, wait. I have the shortest hair in the family.)
So this is what Sam’s education looks like (you may have already seen these if you clicked through to Flickr on the last post and you’re my Flickr friend):
We went to Joshua Tree, as I mentioned, and Sam ran along paths and between cactuses like a little wild man. Occasionally he stopped and looked at something. He is full of curiosity, but also very matter-of-fact in that he just accepts his surroundings without needing much explanation or elaboration. But when his dad knelt down and looked at the sand in a dry creek bed, Sam immediately followed suit, experimenting with the way it felt in his hands and the way it sparkles and shines with bits of mica and quartz.
And then he ran off into the sun again.