According to dictionary.com the definition of education is:
1. the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
As unschoolers, not everything we do looks educational by mainstream standards (though some of it surely does), but this life provides a rich education nonetheless.
*All photos in this post were taken during the last two weeks in August.
bee balm gone to seed and blue lobelia
Is learning to identify wildflowers and plants educational? What about knowing which weeds are edible, or medicinal, or may cause a rash?
Is being able to examine nature up close at your own pace an educational activity?
What about skating in the house with your sister?glue batik, to create a family banner for the backyard?
Or searching along the river banks for clam shells?
AsapSCIENCE, or CrashCourse, or Doodling in Math, or how to make homemade lipstick from coconut oil and crayons? Which ones are educational? Which ones aren't being learned from?
Is watching a satirical comedy show about current events educational? Or listening to public radio? Or volunteering to help provide supplies and services to local families in need? Who decides what constitutes an education?
We don't unschool 'cause we're anti-school. We do it because we're pro-living-and-learning, and it works well for us. So well. And full of goodness.