At The Unschool, we want kids' normal operating mode to be joy. Our goal is that children play, read, create, sing, discuss, move, and observe all day, every day. Play blocks are long because research shows that children often need as much as forty-five minutes to enter into their optimal play flow, that is, just to get started.
When necessary, we use only short, pointed, playful lessons to build what we consider indispensable skills–literacy and numeracy. Lessons emphasize quality over quantity, as the skills children are building grow gradually and follow emerging development.
Skills are practiced and reinforced informally throughout the day in authentic problem-solving and social interaction.