Google+ Authentic Parenting: 6 Hands-Off Learning Ideas

Thursday, January 23, 2014

6 Hands-Off Learning Ideas

I'm continuing on the train of 'Homeschool Guilt' I was riding last week. My personal homeschool guilt is mostly brought on when I am working too much. Obviously as a work at home mother, I cannot be as hands on as a stay at home mom who's not working. I am more flexible then when I'd be working out of the house, and my being at home allows us to fully unschool our kids, but sometimes it makes it hard or impossible to give my children the kind of guidance I would want to or which they sometimes require.

Obviously, no device or proxy can ever replace a parent, but luckily, we nowadays have all these options for when there's really no time. Use the time off you get wisely and spend the time you do have together thoughtfully. So here are some creative way to get your child learning without having to sit with them.


  1. Get some exciting documentaries on topics they're interested in. David Attenborough's Life is certainly worth recommending.
  2. Load your tablet with learning oriented apps. There are several really nice ones that your child will love. If you search for Montessori, you'll probably find a couple of good ones.
  3. Set up an afternoon of cooking, baking or gardening at grandma's house (or alternatively with a friend). This will give you some uninterrupted time to work plus gives your child the hands on experience they crave.
  4. Get some audiobooks for your child. Even if they're already reading themselves, they might enjoy the faster pace of the 'being read to' experience.
  5. Science coloring pages. By googling specific topics your child is interested in, you can come up with plenty of coloring pages on flowers, dinosaurs... whatever they like. 
  6. Books... and a multitude of it. For small children picture books in which they can look and make up stories, older kids can read a variety of books to themselves or their siblings. 
  7. Keep up to date on local learning opportunities. Often community centres and the like offer interesting programmes. 


Obviously, no device or proxy can ever replace a parent, but luckily, we nowadays have all these options for when there's really no time. Use the time off you get wisely and spend the time you do have together thoughtfully.
Also, bear in mind that your child is always learning, even if they're doing things that are making you uncomfortable or doing the same thing over and over again.



 photo credit: Christos Tsoumplekas (Back again!) via photopin cc


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1 comment:

  1. What great suggestions, Laura. You know, I'm in the same boat, but don't unschool the kids. I'm so very tired.

    Thanks for this, and for linking up with us at the #homeschoollinkup! I will be sharing this post!

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