“Unschooling” / Self-Directed / Natural Learning

I am so excited that Kathy Anuszczyk is joining us at the Wholistic Learning at Home mini-conference!

I met Kathy during my first year of homeschooling when my son, Noah, was just five-years-old. I was just getting my feet wet and starting to hear about a new idea: “unschooling.”

Kathy is the mother of six children who have never attended traditional K-12 school. Their Kathy-family interests have taught her so much about spontaneity, curiosity, and trust. They attended community college while in high school, danced across Europe, participated in the City Youth Commission, played music with the jazz society, rebuilt classic cars, rode horses, joined a fire crew, ran sound systems for concerts, and much more. Three are grown now: one created a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Foreign Languages, one is transferring to the University of California to study Wildlife Biology, and one has just completed his first year at an Ivy League Engineering College on a full-ride scholarship. Three teens are still home, caring for gardens and animals, playing music, reading and cooking, and volunteering in the community.

I cannot think of a better person to lead the Self-Directed Learning / Unschooling workshop!

Kathy will lead participants in exploring the many ways we can enhance learning by trusting and supporting the interests our children express. Learn how the natural yearnings to explore and experiment will eventually lead to a very rich education. Discuss ways to let go of the expectations of structure and discipline that were imposed and considered necessary in our own schooling, and how to work through those niggling doubts that inevitably come up while exploring the ways that work best for your family’s learning.

“Freedom in structure means much more time for pondering, which is key to true education.  Once you’ve created a foundational space for learning, nurtured reading time and artistic expression, you’re on your way for quite an adventure. This certainly won’t always look like how society tends to think schooling happens, but the one-on-one interactions and explorations are so valuable to our young people.” — Kathy Anuszczyk