When we first decided to homeschool, I felt the need to do all the things. I really wanted a set time for play, reading, chores, etc. What I discovered was that in the moments I let Jack lead his homeschool through play, he learned a ton more. That’s where I started learning about John Holt and became fascinated by his point of view. I began consuming articles on the importance of free play and forest schools. I adore a little of all of these philosophies and in the end, I slowly let go of my schedule worries and to this day we don’t have a set schedule of anything. I remapped my homeschool strategy and now I focus on goals for the week and the school year and not a set daily schedule. It gives me play time if Tuesday took a bad spin, I can adjust what we didn’t learn to Wednesday or Thursday. This type of flexibility isn’t just a strategy, it’s our way of homeschool life.
How does an unscheduled day work for us? I put more importance on free play. We spend less time on actual school work and more time on playing. I give some guidance based on his interest. I have found he is very self-motivated to learn and when letting go and letting him lead we have accomplished so much more learning! I have become an advocate for hands-on learning. For example, we may spend most of our day digging up dino bones in our yard and reading books on dirt and paleontology. We still do math and reading and he hits his milestones but we chase his interests major ways. It’s one of my favorite things about homeschooling, if not the favorite thing about homeschooling.
If you find yourself hitting your head against the wall right now trying to get your kids to do worksheets or focus, let them lead for a day and see where it takes you 🙂 Until next time.