Parents of young children – meaning anywhere from birth to about age three – often ask me how best to “begin unschooling”.
I tell them that since kids are born unschoolers – literally – there is no need to begin. It’s already happening. The key is to avoid stopping or hindering it, which often happens when subjects are introduced as something a child “needs to know” by someone other than the child.
Kids are masters at figuring out what they need to know. All parents need to do is acknowledge that self-directed learning is innate, both in their children and in themselves. Sandra Dodd said it perfectly in her blog “Just Add Light & Stir” when she wrote: “When unschooling is working best, nobody is talking about learning.”