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Principles of Awesome Unschooling

By Leo Babauta

There's no "right way" to do unschooling. That's the beauty of it. Everyone does it differently.

However ... I've been developing a philosophy of unschooling, based on my experiences with our kids, and my own views of life. It's not the only way to look at unschooling, but it's what I've been growing to believe (with the caveat that I never think I know what's absolutely true).

Here's what I believe will lead to awesome unschooling ... my philosophy:

When Can I Start Unschooling?

By Leo Babauta

I've had a number of parents of young kids (toddlers and preschool-aged) ask what age they should start unschooling -- when is too early? And some parents of older kids (middle school, high school) are also wondering if it's too late to start unschooling.

I'll do my best to answer those two questions in this post.

First -- what age is too early? When can you start, if you have a young child? The simple answer is that you're already doing it. You're unschooling.

Say what? Let me explain: unschooling isn't a specific method of learning. It's basically just living your life, exploring and playing and doing whatever you normally do -- outside of the artificial learning environment we call the classroom. Everyone does it, from adults to toddlers to yes, even kids who go to school. We all unschool.

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