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7 Smart ''Unschooling'' Tips to Practice Now — Even If Your Child Is in ''Regular'' School

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4. Customization: Add Flexibility to Your Child's Learning


"The ideal class size isn't 30 [students], or even 15, but more like 5," Aldrich states in Unschooling Rules. Given that today's average class size is around 25 students per teacher, school is hardly a customized experience for the variety of children in a class.

Parents should consider settings and models outside of school for more individualized learning experiences in smaller groups, Aldrich said. Summer camps where kids spend more time outdoors than indoors, volunteer opportunities, libraries, community classes, and hands-on clubs like 4-H and Future Farmers of America can enrich children's lives, he said. "Schools can't do it all," he said. Look outside the school walls for more tailored and engaging chances to learn.

Next: 5. Community: Surround Your Child with Inspiring Peers

August 31, 2014



Leftovers make deliciously healthy lunches, and save a lot of time. Use last night's dinner leftovers as the basis of your child's lunch — adding just one or two extra ingredients can make it seem like an entirely different meal.


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