By Leo Babauta
Two nights ago, I came home and my 7-year-old daughter Noelle could barely contain her excitement.
"Daddy, mommy said she'd help me start my own Youtube channel tomorrow!"
She was practically jumping up and down.
It made my heart leap, to see this kind of excitement in her. This is exactly what you want to see as an unschooling parent -- when your kid is excited about something, you encourage it. You cherish it. You do what you can to let it bloom.
She kept talking about it all evening, and wanted to go to sleep early so that tomorrow would come sooner.
In the morning, guess what the first thing was that she talked about? Her new Youtube channel.
She watched some videos on how to create an icon for her channel, without us prompting her, without waiting for our help. She then went to a site with a picture of the pet doll she likes (Littlest Pet Shop), then downloaded an image from that site, uploaded it to another site that helps you create your own images. On the 2nd site, she outlined the pet in the image, so that the background wouldn't be used (basically she cropped it), chose a background, put the cropped pet image on the background, added some text, changed the font, and saved the image.
All on her own, without asking for help. I was blown away.
I helped her upload this image to her new Youtube channel, that she and I created together.
She then harassed her mom until Eva helped her find videos (that Noelle had previously filmed with Eva's iPhone) to upload to the new channel. She's doing that now, and is excited about creating new videos.
Will her channel be a runaway hit, or filled with film masterpieces? That's beside the point. She's creating. She's learning. She's knock-me-down excited.
That's what unschooling is all about.