Unschooling is a broad term that can encompass many learning philosophies. At the core of unschooling is a child led, self directed approach that does not follow any set standardized curriculum or grading system. Learning becomes a natural part of living and hands on, real life opportunities are everywhere.
Unschooling in no way equates unparenting. It is actually quite often the opposite. Parents are highly involved in their child`s education playing a role of a facilitator or consultant. Parents help expose their children to new and interesting ideas. They are role models and can be found living their own learning. They help guide and direct their children as the child navigates their interests. Parents help find mentors, classes or community organizations for their child when their interest needs a deeper level of exploration. Parents are their for encouragement and to offer the spark of enthusiasm.
No two homes of unschooling look the same. Learners are left to find their own style of learning, their own methods of expression and their own pace. Some homes use a variety of different learning approaches forming something very unique for their own family.