Unschooling Preschoolers - When should I start unschooling?

hi friends and welcome back to our

channel in today's video we're going to

be discussing

unschooling in the early years let's get

into it this is a topic I am so

passionate about for me unschooling the

best time to start it is from birth yes

you heard me right from the earliest

ages that you possibly can you should be

taking your cues from your child with

their capabilities with the things they

want to learn and support them as they

go it's always such a strange concept to

me that people feel that they need help

by sending their child to school in

order to teach them things when they've

already helped their children achieve

the biggest milestones of learning to

walk learning to talk learning to eat

learning to manage their emotions all

those amazing things you have already

taught them and you're very capable and

so is your child the beauty about and

schooling from such an early age is

there is no negativity attached to

learning there only experience is having

their mum or dad there helping support

them to learn the world around them

they've had no negative experiences from

school they haven't been force-fed

information that they may or may not

need to know it is purely they are open

book a sponge ready just to absorb the

world around them now by avoiding adding

in curriculum or forced learning at this

young and tender age you will be gaining

their trust they will know that all you

are there for is love and support

there's no hidden agenda to learning

that suddenly becomes this battleground

that so many of us have been familiar

with they are there they trust you they

trust themselves because that is all

they have ever known and that is a

beautiful place to start with your

unschooling journey okay I'm gonna give

you guys some information now which

might help you understand the importance

of not enforcing education or curriculum

at a really young age it when I love

this it really helped me understand how

important it is to allow your children

to explore the world around them first

and foremost and after that I will give

you some examples of lovely activity

ideas that are perfect for this age

group a case of children between the age

of 4 and 5

soli learn in the right side of their

brain and the left side of the brain is

only fully into action for the age of

seven now what this means is that the

way they learn and understand is very

very different to how us as adults see

and explore the world around us now the

right side of your brain is responsible

for empathy and imagination and

creativity whereas the left side of your

brain is numeracy and literacy and

problem-solving and working things out

so you can see if you are living in the

right side of your brain how much harder

that would be to understand maths

equations or writing sentences it is why

so many young children get very

frustrated when they have these

expectations put upon them and all they

really want to do is just to live and

breathe and feel the world around them

young children are content with just

being just being present because the

right side of the brain lends itself to

only caring about the here and now the

left side of the brain likes to work out

what's going to come or the process of

getting there but young children just

aren't at that point yet there is a

beautiful quote from Albert Einstein

that says logic will take you from A to

B but imagination will take you

everywhere now I want to invite you to

flip your thinking on its head and

instead of with your preschoolers

thinking I need to get them ready for

school I need to keep them up to the

same pace as everybody else their age I

need them to understand why it is we've

got to do this how about thinking I need

to understand why it is they have to do

what it is they're doing when you go for

a walk you're walking to the shops you

want to get there you want to get back

you want to get it done yet they want to

stop every five minutes and smell that

flower or look at that ladybird or see

how the pavement feels on their hands

and it can be so frustrating because you

just want to get to where you want to be

but all they know about they don't know

about the shops they don't they don't

care about that they just want to know

how it feels to do what it is they're

doing right now and it's so important to

allow them without them to lie in the

grass and

just be still for five minutes or cloud

watch or to eat their dinner with their

hands because they just want to know how

it feels all those things are really

important learning skills and we're

always in such a rush to get somewhere

or to teach them this or get them ready

when up into the age of seven really all

they need to do is just be present and

absorb everything around them because

that is how they've learned up into this

point and that is all they need to learn

right now as well of course we like to

give our children as many experiences as

possible and that will include the

alphabet and the numbers and holding a

pen correctly and yes there will be

children at different ages that might be

ready for that or might be asking for

that but all I'm asking for you to do is

to just wait until they are ready see

the queues offer them things by all

means but never ever force anything upon

them because right now they need to have

your trust they need to be passionate to

learn you want to set this up now so

that they have a whole life of wanting

to learn of wanting to be creative and

passionate and be trusted and trust

themselves that they are capable now is

where that begins of course you need to

expose your children to so many

different things science and history and

art and maths and English of course you

do but please please please this young

preschool age center all around play

make it fun fun fun because they will

learn so much just from living and just

from having fun and experiencing all

those tiny little things that we take

for granted because we no longer live in

the right side of our brains okay let's

get on to some amazing examples of how

unschooling can look to celebrate the

fact that these children are developing

in the right-side of their brains so

many fun activities we still do them now

because they are so important and so

much fun and full of so much learning

it's so hard to believe that if your

child isn't sat down with a pen in their


proving what they've learned that no

learning has taken place just from one

simple play tray they could be learning

so much from communication to roleplay


calculations you name it the list just

goes on and on fine motor skills gross

motor skills and it's just play that's

all it is to everybody else looking from

the outside it just it's like they're

having fun but there the list goes on

and on for all of the things they can

learn they can courage good handwriting

and good storytelling there is just so

much that can be learned just from

having play you do not need to make it

look like school in order for them to

learn or get them ready for school

so in terms of activities I've just

mentioned sensory play this is at the

heart of where I would begin any

preschool learning it is so much fun

guys it's fun for us as adults who you

ever just sat there on a beach and just

run your hands over the sand and just

played with it and then you sort of come

to and realize that you've just been in

this world and it is your senses taking

over it helps you relax it helps you to

make sense of the world around you just

by taking that time out when we're doing

things like washing up we say it's

therapeutic it's because your mind sort

of disappears for a while while you're

doing these repetitive tasks that

perhaps feel nice or that sound nice

you're listening to music and that is

what it is for children they are giving

that chance for their brain to regroup

to make sense of everything that's going

around them in the same way when we go

to sleep and everything it just sort of

connects the dots sensory play just

allows you just to sort of come into

your bubble and take the sounds out of

the world and just focus on something

and that gives them the chance to relax

and just make sense of it all for us

sensory play is at the heart of a lot of

the things that we do there is so much

fun that could be had from it you can

Center it around your children's

passions for example you could set up

diggers and have Road made up made out

of cereal and oats and the diggers dig

it up or you could have an ice world

where you have all your animals frozen

into ice blocks that they have to you

know help help them melt they can learn

different things like what makes things

melt quicker like salt or water and how

it feels to them and how it the

achievement of working out which

utensils help them get them out of the

ice blocks a simple water play with

household items helps them measure with

cups or see what the volume is of

certain items compared to others and

sometimes it's quite strange for you

see that one cup that you would think

would hold more doesn't in fact and this

can go on for hours and hours it gives

you a long long time for them to play

for you to just absorb and taking what

it is they're doing and quite often

sensory play you're giving them

something to play with that they don't

have in their toy box so it's something

new and exciting which will always

encourage that sort of excitement for

wanting to try something new

sand is another great one mud kitchens

you could get them to cut up flowers or

explore vegetables the the list is

endless different types of fabrics

ribbons go onto Pinterest and just look

up sensory play we've done all sorts

from colored rice to and cooked

spaghetti we've even given them a

sensory baths where we put pasta and

peas in the pot in the bath and died the

baths blue with Colin ders you know the

sounds the measuring the senses there's

so much don't forget smell you can do

sensory tables that have like chocolate

smell or cinnamon

plate is another great example of

sensory play and I think that that

encompasses at least one sense bit touch

or smell or sound or even taste you can

do you know sensory tables that are for

eating as well it just helps them gain

confidence in ingredients and not being

afraid to have certain feels on their

hands and I think someone children to be

quite sensitive so when pops was really

young we made jelly for her just to walk

in just so that she could feel it on her

feet all these new and lovely

experiences means that they are more

open to other things for example with

eating a whole range of food or going

into a swimming pool it helps them adapt

and adjust to those senses and learn

about them and know that there's nothing

frightening because it's really really

fun as I mentioned before walking and

nature is a great way to encourage

children to learn about the world around

them make sure that it is a lovely slow

pace at their pace I know it can't be

that every time I'm not being

unrealistic yes we have a life to lead

to but sometimes just specifically go

out and allow them just to explore the

world around them

we when pops and fin were both young

quite often we do feel like we were

rushing them when we were shopping and

it just was no very fun

experience for everybody so at least

once a week we would allow ourselves to

go to the shops even if we didn't need

to buy anything in particular and allow

them just to take whatever it is they

wanted off the shelf have a look at it

encourage them to put it back make sure

that things were kept nice and tidy but

they were just allowed to explore

everything in the supermarket we weren't

there to shop we weren't there to pay

for things they could touch the bananas

and have a look at them and pop them

back they could have a look at people

walking past with the Chorley's and

stand and stare you know they could

really explore the shops that way when

we did need to go to the shops a little

bit faster they didn't feel like they're

being hard done by on all these amazing

things around them they just weren't

allowed to touch or explore nature is a

beautiful way of learning there's so

many things you could do scavenger hunts

going for walks bringing nature in your

into your home to dissect and learn

about it grabbing your own food making

up your own recipes the list goes on and

on read read and read some more this is

my one of my biggest tips for any young

child make reading a fun and more

important than whether they can read or

not make it fun and a lovely experience

for them if you are interested in how to

teach your children to read the

unschooling way then I will pop my blog

post down below that I wrote on how I

taught our - to read but at the heart of

it all is fun fun fun make up a den read

in the den make books a treat if they've

done something wonderful you want to

treat them then head to the charity shop

and give them a book give them give them

your quality time reading to them so

they associate reading with bonding and

love and it will set you up with

children that just adore reading which

makes life learning and unschooling and

home education so much simpler because

you have a child that is prepared to

pick up a book and teach themselves

anything another fantastic way of

spending some fun time with your little

ones is to do puzzles or to play games

we are huge fans of the orchard toy

games they are beautifully illustrated

very inviting and they cover so many

important learning skills without having

the need to force-feed the information

is just all there via a fun family

activity roleplay is super important at

this age encourage them to dress up or

to become a person or get involved with

their game

they're little characters they like to

play with their Teddy's their dollies

whatever it may be involve yourself with

them teach them how these people would

be in the world teach them how to

express teach them how to be that

superhero or that space scientist all

that princess get involved make it fun

this really is the message I'm trying to

hit home with this video guys if nothing

else if you take away nothing else from

this video all that matters at this age

your preschool age is that learning

should be fun and it should be at their

own pace the world to them is magical

right now everything they see in touch

is an adventure just waiting to happen

don't squash that with checklists and

curriculum and the need for them to be

ready for something they are ready right

now and all they need is for you to be

their superhero sidekick support them

encourage them slow things down to their

pace trust them that they will learn

everything that they need to know right

now because they really will so when

you're trying to decide what it is

you're going to be teaching your little

ones I suggest your first port of call

is looking for ideas on Pinterest make

it all full of creativity fun learning

science sensory play start at some

Pinterest boards get all your ideas in

there invite your little ones to say

what things they would like to do and

just have some fun with it I hope you

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