Homeschooling? Unschooling? Worldschooling?

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So are you going to homeschool your children? Unschool? Worldschool? We get a lot of these questions. The answer we give depends on who is asking and the mood of the day. The truth is that it will probably be a little bit of everything. There will probably be times when we feel the need to structure their learning but as an outset, we believe in self-directed learning and if you ask us we will say that our children are being unschooled.

Most importantly they are not being schooled.

What is that word anyway? Schooled? As if kids need to be programmed into functioning in society. No, my children will learn from living. We will all be learning with and from each other and from life, side by side. Then there is always the question about socializing. This is the most annoying question to me. How did we ever get so far off that we call being forced to spend our days with the same 20+ people every day for socializing? With a set curriculum. That is not socializing, that is learning them to stay in line or be punished. Socializing to me is meeting humans of all ages and learning how to stay true to your self while at the same time being there for others. It is seeing how there are a million ways to live a life, to listen to elder people talk about the same things over and over again, to play with kids of all ages, to exchange words with the cashier in the grocery store. There is a real world outside of the walls of a school and it is in that world we live and learn.

We have been on what we call our adventure for a little over a month now. Feels like 3 months. For the first month we stayed outside Malaga and while that was a lovely start it was not really our scene. Since a couple of days, we are up in the mountains in the countryside outside of a little town called Órgiva. And so far we love it here! We have a huge garden with lots of oranges and olive trees. The house is super cozy and suits us perfectly. If you haven’t heard of Órgiva before I can tell you that it has lots of alternative and hippie vibes. This also means that there is easy access to organic food, fresh and bulk. And as you probably know by now that is a criterion for our well being. We also refill our bottles of water with fresh spring water coming from the mountains so we don’t need to buy bottled water. The mountain air is crisp and the days are warm.

So what do we do here? How do we spend our days? Well, as Morten isn’t working right now we spend lots of time together as a family. It has taken some time for everyone to get used to this new lifestyle. For me, Freja, Vide, and Nour it has not been very difficult but Morten and Alma are used to going to work and school so especially Morten still needs some time to fall down. And it is new for all of us to be so many all the time. There are a lot of needs and a lot of wants. But at the same time, it is easier because we are all on the same energy level now. Days are smoother and calmer. It is often intense, but it is also so rewarding.

There are good days and there are hard days. Then there are really good days and days when we feel lost. But at the end of the day, it is always worth it.

We are still in a deschooling process and try not to worry too much about what they are and are not learning. (Although it is amazing how much they learn every single day!)

Anyways, back to what we do! We do a lot of things! Usually, we spend the mornings at home, taking care of the household. The kids have started helping out more and they all have one task each everyday. Alma, for example, helps clean up after mealtimes. She is also learning to start the fire as she wants that to be her task next. Freja makes the beds. Vide swipes the floors. You will often find our kids caught up in play during the hours before lunch. They have a lot of energy and we encourage their free play. Sometimes they are playing with dolls, sometimes they are biking, sometimes they are carving wood. We also try our best to get some exercise in. After lunch, we are trying to implement a siesta time where everyone does their own thing, like reading a book or listening to an audiobook. This way we all get a breather. It doesn’t always work and today we used some yoga pretzels instead to calm down. And sometimes they are just too caught up in something that there is no need for quiet time, we generally don’t interfere when they are in a flow.  The afternoons are for doing things together, for going on hikes, to a playground, doing some kind of project together at home, meeting friends, going to the beach, learning new skills, yoga, museum, knit, play football and so on. The girls are starting riding lessons and they have requested to go see how olive oil is made. They (we) learn Spanish and English. You get the picture. After dinner, we gather around the fire and everyone gets to say something that someone else did that day that made them happy. And then one of us parents reads aloud for a while before bedtime chores, stories, and goodnight singing. The last thing we tell them is this: goodnight, I love you, I am here for you and you are perfect just the way you are.

I also want to address something else today, because while we have chosen to call this an adventure, it really isn’t. We have left Sweden because if we stayed we would be forced to send our 4 children to school. And for the short amount of time, we have been away one thing is very clear to us; we did the right thing leaving.

Once you take a step back and look at things from a distance there sometimes is no turning back. That is what it feels like right now.

This means we can not go back to living in Sweden for a long time. We will have to find another life and it is exciting and scary all at the same time. But we are doing it. Come fabulous days and crappy days, we are living our life with intention and that is incredibly fulfilling.

 

Love and Light,

Sandra

2 replies
  1. Eva
    Eva says:

    Love it, Sandra! Wish we did it earlier, befote my daughter was a teenager. But we unschooled for over a year in Spain, and she learned so much. We have now emigrated to UK, for the langguage and the right to freely unschool, and to increase her posdobilities to be accepted into an UK university.
    Good luck!

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