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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Sunday, April 30, 2006

"But how will they learn.....

....how to read? " Funny how people worry about children learning the "basics" like reading, writing and math if they're unschooled, when it's all around us in society. How can they NOT learn it? I adore this photo of Jalen, happily exploring his A,B,C soup and trying to make sense of the letters therein.

Everytime I look at this I smile. A bowl of alphabet soup, a curious boy and some free time and VOILA! Another moment of many that will help him decipher the English language. He'll learn it in his own time and way, he'll learn it because he's curious and it's meaningful for his life, he'll learn it because it's in soup and on signs and in books and on computers....
He'll learn because he's a human being designed to do just that.
He'll learn, just as we all do.

That day, it was soup. Tomorrow it might be mud or insects or plants or video games or paint or ice or??? What matters is he owned the experience, he enjoyed himself and best of all, I got a photo of the moment!!:)


Blogger zenmomma said...

I love this Ren. I can remember Qacei at 2 and 3, laying on the floor of McDonald's playland (yuck!) shaping her little body into the letters of the alphabet. I got to watch her figure out their names, shapes and sounds in a very random but also deliberate fashion. She needed no schooling. She's 12 now and a wonderful, joyful reader. Once you witness that little piece of wonderment, how easy the rest of the unschooling journey becomes.

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