Many times new unschoolers or homeschoolers who are considering unschooling want someone to describe a typical unschooling day. We can share tons of examples, but by no means are any of them "typical."
Unschooling, by it's very nature is unique to each family and even unique to each child in the family.
Sometimes people suggest that an unschooling day is like a day in the summer - filled with potential for daydreams, explorations, and discovery. A joyful quality seems to exist for families who are successful with unschooling. They are curious about all kinds of things that cross their paths on a daily basis - and this might be one of the biggest reasons that it's hard to produce a "typical day" on demand.
Life is full of exciting adventures - some large and some small.
Another component in the day in the lives of unschoolers is the parents' involvement. Unschooling parents are tuned into their kids so they're aware of what kinds of opportunities might be of interest. They enjoy the role of tour guide, resource finder, and companions to their children.
Learning couldn't be avoided if they tried!
WHAT'S BEHIND A TYPICAL UNSCHOOLING DAY?
"Yet there is a basic motif that underscores our actions with our children, even when those actions vary widely: Being Available, Willing, and Supportive. Being available to talk, willing to help, and supportive of their goals. Not just with words, but with our actions."
Joyce shares questions that parents have had about an unschooling day to day life.
HOW LEARNING HAPPENS
SYLVIA WOODMAN | HOMESCHOOLER POST
"We live our life, have fun, try new things, talk about them. Mostly, the learning happens almost “under the radar” – people talking, laughing, doing stuff, watching things, tasting things, and making connections that make sense to them."/em>
UNSCHOOLING: TEENS AND SLEEP
Sometimes the "typical day" requires reexamining what a "good sleep schedule" is understanding why it looks a little different in the teen years.
A DAY OF WONDER
SCHUYLER'S BETTER-THAN-TYPICAL DAY
Great example of the difference in perspective
TYPICAL DAY… OR TYPICAL MOMENTS
Sandra Dodd has a collection of stories from unschoolers sharing what their typical day is like.