Deschooling the Deschooling Process

Initially, it can be a very big step to just let go of curriculum. However, after that, there are further steps on the way to fully giving our children’s lives over to God’s leading. 

Relaxed homeschooling is the natural next step when one lets go of the idea of replicating “school at home, only richer/better/more accepted by the child.” The difference between it and unschooling lies in letting go of school at home, but not (yet) our conceptions of “richer/better,” and being content merely with “more accepted by the child” while still trying to live up to school-derived goals such as reading or arithmetic. The following is a compilation of responses by CU moderators explaining ways to get further into the deschooling process. Continue Reading

Strewing vs. Self-Discovery

Strewing, or finding interesting things to leave in your child’s path in hopes of sparking an interest, is a fabulous thing. But there’s no denying that it is also sometimes a superfluous thing. There are kids out there who know what they want and go for it, no matter if it is “strewn” into their path or not. Continue Reading

The Mess of Strewing: An Unschooling Conversation

 

This discussion appeared recently on the Christian Unschooling Facebook Group:

JENNIFER: Ahhhh!!!!!! I’m all for strewing, but my whole house is full of strew???? How do y’all manage it???? I can’t tell ya how many times I have stepped on a marble, or a pattern block or a Cuisinaire rod, etc… only to get into a very unpleasant conversations with my dcs. Do I just pick them up? ANY suggestions would be helpful… thank you in advance!

LEANNE: Yep. Having the same problem here.

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Strewing in Our House

When I was a child bedtime kicked off with a trip to my parents’ room. It wasn’t a place I was usually allowed to hang out but at bedtime my mother (usually it was Mom, but on rare occasion it was Dad) stretched out on her bed and began to read aloud to me. When I was very small it was simple story books. As I got older and my attention span grew it became chapter books. The Little House series, Nancy Drew, Little Women, and more were my picks for bedtime stories. Continue Reading

An Artistic Strewing Success Story

Strewing can be a little bit like setting a trap, but not at all for meanness. It can be like leaving a gift to be discovered. It can be a little bit like the tooth fairy came, or the Easter bunny. ~ Sandra Dodd

Strewing for a child with Asperger syndrome is just a matter of trying things until you find the one that clicks. When something clicks, it clicks hard, and everything else falls by the wayside.

In my daughter’s case, the click came in the shape of an artist’s lightbox. Continue Reading

The Guide to UNsuccessful Strewing

During my years (yes, years!) of deschooling, as I journeyed towards really getting unschooling, I struggled with one main question:

HOW MUCH SHOULD I DO? HOW MUCH SHOULD I SUGGEST AND OFFER IDEAS AND ACTIVITIES?

I couldn’t get my head around it. I was learning to trust that my children would learn from living life, I was learning to set them free … but I wasn’t sure how much to “let them be,” and how much to suggest ideas for activities and outings, etc. How active should my role be? When I heard about the concept of “strewing” I realised I had found my answer! The problem was how I went about doing it. Continue Reading

Teaching vs. Strewing: An Unschooling Conversation

This discussion appeared recently on the Christian Unschooling Facebook Group:

TRACI: This is just a random little unschooling question I’ve been wondering about. I have been reading/commenting in the unschooling realm for a bit now and I’m trying to understand the negativity towards the word “teach.” I asked in another forum and I was given the answer that if we teach our kids we are influencing their developing thoughts rather than encouraging them to think independently. Continue Reading

Sowing Seeds Of Potential

When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  1 Corinthians 15:37

Strewing is a lot like how farmers sow seeds.  You sprinkle things, ideas, and opportunities onto fertile soil and wait and see what happens.

In order to understand what happens when you strew, you have to understand the process of what a farmer goes through every year. Continue Reading