When I began unschooling my three children in 2002, it wasn’t long before I came across the idea that strong relationships with my children were essential for unschooling—and learning in general—to thrive. At first, I thought, sure, that’s a worthwhile goal, but what exactly does that have to do with their learning? That became clear over the next months and years as I continued to question the conventional wisdom around parenting and how children learn. So, let’s explore why connected and trusting relationships with our children lie at the heart of their learning.
The Value of Relationships for Learning is a talk I originally wrote for the Canadian Online Homeschool Conference and I’m excited to share it with you guys now!