A list a friend posted online. I want to print this list and keep it within easy eyesight. I'm working on trying to embody each of these, I often feel like I'm not interesting or providing enough variety of experiences, but I'm working on it.
#1: Show respect for all of a child's interests equally.
#2: Keep the child in mind as I go through life, so that I notice things that might be of interest to that child.
#3: Find ways to include the child in my own daily life - live a more"open-book' life than the norm.
Follow up on things the child is interested in - and do this in a wide
variety of ways, not only by "getting him a book on it."
#5: Live a family life that is rich with experiences of a variety of kinds both at home and outside the home.
#6: Have resources around the home that are interesting and stimulating - things that will encourage exploration of ideas.
Discuss things - spend time in conversation. This is probably overall
the most important parental"action' involved in unschooling.
Have a"playful' attitude - play together, have fun, appreciate the
amazing world around you. Don't be cynical, be able to be amazed and
find the world a fascinating place. THIS is the most important"attitude'
for an unschooling parent.
#9: Be self-aware of your own thinking
and behavior. Purposely stretch your imagination - question your own
assumptions, check your own automatic impulses.
#10: Be very
observant of what your child is really doing - don't view him/her in a
shallow superficial way. Recognize that there is a reason for a child's
actions, that a child is"born to learn' and is always learning. Get to
know your child's own special favored ways of learning.