“I couldn’t homeschool, my kids would just want to play all day!”
So what if they did?
Really. Think about it. What if they did?
What if they were allowed to do what children do best, play? All day.
What if they used their imagination every day?
What if creativity was unconstrained? Able to be expressed whenever the feeling took hold?
What if they spent whole days outside in unstructured play?
What if they never completed one worksheet?
What if they were never subjected to a standardized test?
What if they let their interests guide them?
What if they were free and in control of how they spent their days?
Do you think that when the time came and there was something that needed to be learnt in a more formal manner, they wouldn’t be able to learn it because they hadn’t practiced for x amount of years? Do you remember what you learnt in high school? Probably not. But what if you got a sudden interest? Do you doubt your ability to learn it all? By yourself, doing your own research, and teaching yourself? I’m quite confident I could. I don’t want to because most of it was irrelevant to my life. But if I had the inclination I have no doubt I could learn anything I set my mind to.
So why not just wait until then? Surely you don’t think that you can only learn certain things at a certain age and then the door is closed? You can learn at any age. If you do doubt this, then this article is a must read for you.
Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend a childhood than in play. You can’t get back years wasted learning pointless information that will never be useful to you. You can’t decide later that you want a different childhood for your children when it’s already over. You get one chance. But you can always learn anything at a later date, when it becomes relevant and useful to you.
In any case, for children play IS learning. Just because you might not be able to identify it all or measure it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.
If the worst that happens on this unschooling journey is that ‘all they do is play’, then I have nothing to worry about. In fact, that’s kind of what I’m aiming for.