God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco is a great resource for those interested in learning what Christian Unschooling is all about.
Julie's love for the Lord and her children shines through, which made me enjoy reading her book.
I love exploring all kinds of homeschooling methods like classical, unit studies, Charlotte Mason/living books, notebooking, and delight-directed studies. Until now, all that I have read about Unschooling has been secular materials by John Holt and others.
Julie talks about the Lord and His place in their homeschool. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Julie and her family. What a likeable bunch!
Though I am not an unschooler, I saw one thing throughout the book that won my heart: Julie lives life WITH her kids. She doesn't send them off to do workbooks, but rather she is actively involved in her children's life and education. Honestly, that is something all parents could enjoy more of in today's busy world.
In God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn, Julie stresses the need to get rid of distractions that keep us from learning. More good advice for homeschoolers of every stripe.
Julie divides children into three age groups: children under eight, children eight to twelve, and teens. Each group gets their own chapter.
She stresses the need for plenty of time to play for each of the younger two groups. She suggests activities to enjoy with your children under eight, especially involving art, music, nature, and movement. As children get older, she advocates serving and starting little businesses. I love that!
I appreciate her view of teens--that they are able to accomplish anything adults can!
My favorite chapter was "Spreading the Banquet" where she gives advice on providing educational opportunities for children and teens. She addresses several different kinds of learners and how to reach them including the 'baby', 'picky eater', 'I want it my way', and 'eat anything'. She has great ideas and suggestions.
When she gives advice on how to start homeschooling, one of the things she mentions is to play with your children if you don't already. Playing with your children is time well-spent!
If you are investigating different methods of homeschooling and are interested in unschooling, this will be a great book to read. I like Julie's heart to raise children who love the Lord.
Julie is offering her book 1/2 off until August 22. Check it out!
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Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!