Let's look at Ages and Stages - Unschooling the "School-Aged Child."
You usually won't see children referred to as "school aged" or "3rd Grader" within Unschooling circles.
Unschoolers don't separate life into grade levels.
But when you're new to all of this, it's not unusual to START the journey from this position. So I want to help you find what you need!
As the school bus rolls away, and your kids are snuggled in with you, thoughts may drift to...
ok, now what?
Quickly followed by...
what do they need to learn?
Let me answer this in two parts:
First, here's some information about creating an Unschooling Curriculum!
You can read the transcript (if you'd prefer) and see the resources I've collected for this here
Secondly, I know you want to know about Academics. What about learning to read, learning math, learning to write?
Unschooled children learn academics. They just learn them in somewhat unconventional ways.
Basic subjects weave throughout our lives every day. This is usually the first way that unschoolers learn the things they need to know. Because if they're not part of our daily lives, what's really the point?
Another way that unschoolers naturally pick up subjects is when they're playing or interested in something - and they need additional skills to progress! No better reason to learn something than actually needing it in their lives! And because the topic is in context and relevant to their world, it will also have a far greater likelihood of being retained.
Unschooling Mom2Mom has an enormous collection of resources when it comes to what parents worry most about:
"How will unschooled kids learn Reading, Writing, and Math?"
Be sure to bookmark the page, because there are a lot of articles and videos for you to read/watch!
Unschooling Guides help parents understand how unschooling works. Here is a collection of 4 Unschooling Guides at a special rate!
- Unschooling & Math
- Unschooling & Reading
- Unschooling & Writing
- "Am I Doing Enough?"
What About the Rest of the Subjects?
Unschoolers have discovered so many fun ways to learn a variety of topics. There's no need to spend a ton on curriculum when options are everywhere in the world. You just need a little help finding some of these cool resources - we're happy to share!