Worldschooling And Unschooling As A Single Mom: The Start Of A Lifechanging Journey

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Freedom With Worldschooling and Unschooling 

My initial idea of homeschooling was a structured day with a set curriculum. Basically school at home.

Well, that flippin’ went out the window day one!

I spent months before starting our homeschooling journey researching different ways to homeschool and various curriculums. During this research, I came across the terms “worldschooling” and “unschooling”.

If you are reading this post, chances are high that you are curious about worldschooling and unschooling. Read on to find out all about these life-changing styles of education.

What Is Worldschooling?

Worldschooling is defined differently by many. I define it as learning from the world around you typically through travel. At the time this post was originally written back in 2017 we hadn’t quite set out on our worldschooling journey around the world just yet.

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Now, nearly two years later, we have lived and traveled through the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Italy, Kosovo, and Albania. Worldschooling has allowed my girls and I to learn from many different cultures and customs.

It has literally changed my life! There are many FB groups that discuss the ins and outs of worldschooling. Make sure to join We Are Worldschoolers and if you are a single momma please join my Single Moms DO Travel group for info and inspiration on worldschooling, living abroad, and travel as a single mom.

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Walking on Luquillo Beach in Puerto Rico.

What Is Unschooling?

Unschooling is freedom from school. Now, everyone has different definitions of what unschooling is but here is the way I define it. With unschooling, you do not send your kids to school and you do not create a similar-to-school environment at home.

Instead, you let your children lead the way by supporting them in their passions. You get freedom with unschooling. I fell in love with the book Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich during our 7-week crazy road trip across the United States. We stumbled upon it at a library in Steam Boat Springs, Colorado where I read this book in a few hours. It was that interesting.

Unschooling allows you to take a step back or ten steps back and let your child lead. I actually think of it more as child lead learning. Think about this. Do you learn more when you are actually interested in a subject?

I’m going to say, yes! We tend to retain and learn more when we are actually interested in the subject. That is what unschooling is all about. Instead of telling our kids what they need to learn, they get to choose something they are actually interested in.

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Learning through play

Where To Start?

The first thing you are going to need to do when wanting to unschool or worldschool is something called “deschooling”. This is probably one of the most important things to remember when starting your schooling journey and often it is one that people skip over which makes everything else complicated.

Deschooling allows not only the child but the parent to break free from the restraints that traditional education has placed on our minds.

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What is deschooling?

Deschooling is the adjustment period that kids and parents go through when starting the homeschooling journey. It is absolutely necessary to just chill out when you first disenroll your kids from traditional school.

They said that you need to deschool a month for every year that your child was in school. It has been two years since I pulled my girls from the public school system and I still feel like we are deschooling at times.

It is important to note that during the deschooling time frame kids may seem uninterested in doing anything that resembles school work. This is completely normal. Do not worry. Just go with it and let them slowly adjust to being out of the school system.

Remember, the deschooling phase isn’t just for kids. It is for parents too. I can’t tell you how many times I broke down thinking I was failing my kids in the beginning. It happened all the time.

You have to trust the process and eventually, you will see the magic start to happen.

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Alaya baking up a storm

Change Your World

With unschooling, we have very little stress and a whole bunch of fun! When I stopped worrying about what traditional school told me my kids needed to know and started to focus on what they were actually interested in, my world changed and so did theirs.

I was so worried about starting our homeschooling journey that, I delayed it for years because I thought I wouldn’t be capable of teaching them. What I didn’t realize and now do, is that they are more than capable of directing their own education. My job now is to support them in their discoveries and passions.

Instead of teaching my girls what to learn, I show them how to learn. With the internet at our fingertips, it is amazing all the info we have access to. This is the freedom with unschooling I am talking about.

Too often, with traditional schooling, we are forced to learn certain subjects leaving little time to pursue our own passions.

Following Passions

My daughters have many different interests. My middle child, Mia, is passionate about gymnastics. She continues to state that she will be an elite gymnast. I believe her!

My job now is to make sure I provide her with all the resources to make both her dream and passion a reality. This means enrolling her in gymnastics, supporting her in her workouts, and giving her daily encouragement on her dreams.

I am fully committed to helping her follow her passions. We actually struggled with being able to keep her in gymnastics while we were traveling the world. That is part of the reason why we decided to move to Mexico and make a home base there.

We still get the element of living abroad which I love but she gets to pursue her dreams as well.

She researches gymnasts that inspire her and reads about their daily practices and how they got to their elite status. After that, she then adapts those practices in her own life. She is 12-years-old! This is the same child who struggled with depression for years due to bullying in school. As a mother, this killed me but I felt helpless. Choosing to unschool saved her life and it ignited a fire in her I had never seen before.

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Mia doing gymanstics in Ireland

This same beautiful soul and daughter of mine has a love for everything Harry Potter especially the books. She avoided reading them for the longest time because a teacher once told her that they were too advanced for her!

Can you believe that?

Instead of encouraging her to read, the teacher chose to crush her spirit. Now, thanks to unschooling, she has read the entire series and has chosen to read the series all over again because the books are that good!

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The Love Is Real Y’all

Unschooling has brought our little family closer than ever. Gone are the days where we were screaming at each other in frustration over homework.

Do you have those days where you and your kiddos are butting heads over homework that has to be done?

Let me know right now in the comments if you have ever struggled to try to get your child to understand or do their homework.

I spent so many days frustrated over this very thing. I lost precious bonding moments with my children because the time we should have been spending together having fun was spent stressing over useless homework.

Now, are days are spent together playing, laughing, and having fun!

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Playing at the beach

A Transformation

The anxiety that used to riddle my girls each day before school seems to have disappeared. Instead, they are taking chances, exploring, playing, and asking more questions than ever before.

I practice observing them, and I have to say it is beautiful. Since we started unschooling, I have noticed a new found freedom in the girls.

A sense of freedom has definitely taken over our little family and I am embracing every moment of it. I truly believe that so many families can benefit from unschooling and worldschooling. I can’t even put in words what unschooling has done for us. All I can say is that we have found freedom with unschooling.

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