Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

This year I had a 6 year old, a 4 year old, a 1 year old, and a newborn (for the second half of the year). This was a big year! We welcomed another new family member, a precious baby sister. It felt like we did a lot in the first half of the year. Lots of outings with friends. Lots of adventures as a family as we knew the newborn period was coming and we would need to slow down. And slow down we did! We really took the time to get to know our last little family member in the second half of the year. Though friends have visited us, we’ve hardly been anywhere! We’ve enjoyed each others company and had a really nice rest. We are refreshed and ready to kick start another year! But first, this is how the year went for four happily unschooled little people…

They explored their interests…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

They had time to themselves, to spend however they wished. Slow time that belonged only to them…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

They created, of course…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

They felt the pride of meaningful contribution…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

They visited some interesting places…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Natural learningUnschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

They had ample unstructured play time with friends…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

They played outside a LOT…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Sisters relationships grew closer and closer…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

(I grew, a LOT)…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

There was another sister to be loved, and so very loved she was…
Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Little girls grew bigger and braver…Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

They played, and played, and played, every day…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

They felt freedom…

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

Not one worksheet was completed.

Not one bit of learning was forced or coerced.

No one was made to meet arbitrary requirements.

No one was tested.

No one was compared to anyone else.

Everyone took charge of their own learning.

Everyone had fun.

Everyone flourished.

They got to be children.

Everyone learnt so much. Both ‘academic’ and more, much more of great importance.

Everyone acquired any knowledge they needed to live their life in this moment, easily.

No one worried about the future, or ‘keeping up’.

Everyone was free to be themselves in every moment.

And I learnt too. This year I fully embraced the term ‘unschooling’. I let go of even more long held beliefs about education. The schooled mindset is so very ingrained and when you think you’ve let go of it something pops up to remind you there’s still more work to do. But, in the face of this life and watching these children I have no choice other than to discover what true authentic learning really looks and feels like. It is a privilege and it is SO exciting. Bring on 2016!

 

20 thoughts on “Unschooling in 2015: Our Year

  1. Wonderful girls, lots of special memories ♡ and beautiful photography 🙂 Although it drives me near insane not to see your beautiful faces he he he (not sure why that is – guess we are all so used to the illusion of feeling full access to peoples lives and curiosity) you have such a gift of creatively connecting with your words and photos none the less. Look forward to being inspired by your passion in 2016. I have let go of so much through your encouragement and gained so much more. Thank you xx

  2. Loved this post so much Sara. Simple but full of JOY and freedom, which is exactly what childhood and life should be. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement over the last year. I hope you feel proud of your amazing efforts! xx

  3. Hi Sara,
    I read your posts often but haven’t commented before. I have two girls aged 2 & 3 and your blog has really resonated with me. I hadn’t considered homeschooling or ‘unschooling’ before, I didn’t want to do ‘school’ at home and didn’t consider it an option for us but now I see there is another way, so thankyou.

    What a beautiful year you’ve had.

  4. Your pictures are beautiful! I’ve begun to look into the homeschooling requirements for our state and was disappointed to see that unschooling doesn’t look like an option for us. Especially after reading your post, I’m realizing the joy and freedom of unschooling. Your family seems to be flourishing in this method!

  5. I happily stumbled across your blog this evening as I’m searching for ideas, information, and a dose of courage! You see, I’m a grandmother raising my granddaughter, (she just turned 8) and have just taken her out of public school so I can homeschool/unschool her. I’ve been intrigued with the notion of unschooling for a while now. I have five grown children that all went through public schools, and although I can’t go back and change things, there are things that I know now that I wished I had known then. My husband, and I are inspired by nature and are looking forward to this new adventure. With her being an only child, I feel a little sad as I scroll through your beautiful photographs that she doesn’t have siblings to learn and explore with. With my five children there was never a moment of feeling alone, (although some of my children loved their quiet/alone time) or not having a playmate at any given moment of the day. I know we will find our way, and what works with our little sweetie. I’ll be back for more inspiration!

  6. Hi Sara! I’ve been reading this blog and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. 🙂 Thank you for these writings!

    I have one question that I didn’t find a direct answer to in your blog posts. How do you guys manage working or finding income? What would you suggest if both parents wanted to work AND homeschool? I’m very interested in homeschooling my possible future children, but I find it very unlikely that me or my partner would like to give up work completely.

    All the best for you and your family!

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