This past spring I attended an unschooling session at the Cincinnati homeschool convention. I picked it because I was looking for a good definition of what unschooling is. Everything I had read defines it differently. This lead me to the conclusion that depending on who you talk to what they think unschooling is will vary. For those of you that are not familiar with the term unschooling let me give you a definition from dictionary.com. Unschooling: a home-school education with the child taking the primary responsibility instead of a parent or teacher; also called child directed learning & self learning.
As I sat through the woman's lecture she described what she had done with her daughter who has now graduated. The more she explained her approach to learning - I realized by her definition I had unschooled for history this year. Here is how it happened.
Over Christmas break Eliana and I were talking about George Washington. She asked me why he wore a white wig. I had no idea, so we looked into and found out it was the fashion trend. That lead me to think maybe we could study the history of fashion in January. Eliana would love it and it is something I would never do with the boys. So the research started. I decided to start with the revolution since that is where the entire conversation started. These were our text books for the month.
Eliana & I had so much fun doing this. My daughter shares my love of clothes so spending time learning about them was so enjoyable. I asked her which is her favorite style. Her response was Southern Belle's of course. She loves the hoop skirts and big lacey dresses. Me on the other had would have fit right in the 1950's. I love the circle skirts and peddle pusher pants.
So what era of fashion do you love?
I know I am not the only homeschooler to do this. I would love to hear how others have incorporated unschooling into your school day!