"Mama, I'd like to do school", Mathilde said the other day. As an unschooling mom, I was a bit startled... School? But we live as if school does not exist! How can my child want to "do school"? I paused and wondered what she really was after. More structured days? Inspiration? Connexion?
After some questioning, I realized that for my girls, it meant beautiful stories illustrated with chalk drawings covered with a silk, to be revealed only after breakfast, learning a few more tunes of the recorder and doing more watercolor painting.
For me, unschooling is supporting our children in making their own choices. It is helping them follow their interests and passions. It is being present and listening to and even behind what they are saying. It is, I believe, the more involved type of education or parenting there is. I am involved all day, everyday with my girls. Their education and most importantly, their happiness, are at the forefront of my mind everyday.
:: I found a great story/legend of the Platypus and we went with that. We all learned a lot on this fascinating animal! ::