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Many homeschoolers are teaching their children through an approach called unschooling As the name implies it is opposite to all that traditional schools do Some people believe that unschooling is unchristian I dont think so Let me explain why When people ask me what unschooling is I tell them that it is where we create a learning rich environment and then let the kids go Kids are naturally curious I believe God made them that way Let them loose and they will rush headlong into learning We dont need to do anything to get children excited about learning The only reason any child doesnt see learning as a pure joy is because we make it a miserable experience We take a child who was made to be active and tell him or her to sit there for six hours in the name of learning Then we wonder why they dont like to learn Its like taking ice cream pouring used motor oil on top of it and wondering why a child doesnt like ice cream Around our home our learning environment consists of three components First we have a compulsory component We are not pure unschoolers because we do force our children to learn certain things But this is the smallest part of our educational experience We only do this in areas where the child might not see the educational value before the learning experience Perhaps I am of little faith but I cant see our children memorizing their multiplication tables just for fun Second there is an environmental component We create a learning rich environment Everything in our home has educational value Some of what we have fosters creativity Other material presents facts There are shelves and shelves of books We have many educational CDs for the computer Our walls have posters and maps Arts and crafts supplies abound I know I trip over then all the time We have
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