Although the student is not in school, your child can and should still read, write, sing, play and do all age appropriate activities. Children will be actively learning while unschooling, and preschoolers are natural learners at heart. Children will also be able to model their self discipline by modeling their parents and be able to set certain learning goals themselves.
You can begin preschooling in an unschool manner by watching your child play, listening to him speak and just by being with your child and observing how he or she learns through play. Incorporate daily play into storytime, musical instruction or science during a nature walk. It is important when unschooling to understand why and what you do and follow your child's lead. You must have total comittment, provide opportunities that relate to your child's interest and secure a learning rich environment. As a parent you will lead a very active role and need to direct your child on a clear path filled with life's experiences, as well as encouragement. The goal of this experience is to have an independent and successful child.
While some parents find unschooling a natural progression for preschoolers, others feel it is hard and have trouble grasping the idea. Lack of established curriculum is daunting for many preschool parents, so it is ideal that you are fully comfortable with the unschooling process, or lack thereof, before deciding to embark on the journey.
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