I had been homeschooling my children for twenty nine years when I discovered the new unschooling concept of strewing.
What is strewing, you might be thinking?
Well, no doubt, most of you young whipper snapper unschoolers today will know more about this topic than I do, but bear with me.
From what I understand, a woman named Sandra Dodd invented this homeschooling/unschooling teaching technique.
Apparently Strewing is when you leave toys, manipulatives, articles, books, information, and other such learning materials laying around for the children to discover on their own!
The point is for them to delightfully learn the lesson that each item has to offer them!
Purposely planning natural learning experiences such as nature walks, trips to the beach, visits to museums and zoos, and going shopping, and such where children are exposed to and can discover the educational value of the experience are also examples of strewing, I do believe.
I’ve been strewing for years, but I just didn’t know that what I was doing had a name and was actually a homeschooling technique!
Bethany has been very receptive to strewing.
However, if I didn’t also deliberately teach her, she wouldn’t learn everything she needs to know.
Because of her special need she has always needed more structure than my other kids did.
Strewing might have worked better with my other children if they had ever been interested in anything that I’ve chosen to strew!
Since I tend to strew when I’m feeling less than confident that my kids are learning everything I think they should know, I feel like I am being coercive with my own educational agenda, and I don’t really consider that to be unschooling!
Anyway, to see some strewing in action click here!