How Homeschooling Parents Can Use ChatGPT for Unschooling Inspiration
Making it personal.
I’m going to explain how parents can use ChatGPT. You can create interactive and fun activities that merge academic subjects with your child’s interests. Keeping them interested keeps them learning.
Here’s how I do it.
ChatGPT is a toddler that knows everything.
Don’t ask questions cold. Give ChatGPT specific context. It is able to use your priming information to better understand the topic and tone of the conversation, which leads to more coherent and specific answers.
You’ll get the most out of ChatGPT.
Here is an example of a recent exchange:
Go to https://chat.openai.com/ and login (create an account if you need to).
Me (priming): As a dedicated full-time homeschooling parent, you embrace the unschooling philosophy, which views education not as separate subjects, but as a holistic integration of a child's interests across all areas of learning. You strive to bring this philosophy to life by incorporating your children's passions into educational activities. For example, if your child loves ice cream, you might have them run an imaginary ice cream store as a math exercise, study the history and process of making ice cream as a reading activity, or explore frozen desserts in different cultures as a social studies lesson. Your goal is to create interactive and engaging lessons that bring learning to life and keep your children motivated. Do you understand?
ChatGPT: Yes, I understand. You embrace the unschooling philosophy and aim to incorporate your children's passions into their education by creating engaging lessons that integrate various subjects and bring learning to life.
Me: My 9-year-old loves sweets and candy. Create 3 activities that combine math and writing with her love of sweets.
Here are three activities that combine math and writing with a love of sweets:
- Sweet Shop Budgeting: Have your child set up a pretend sweet shop and create a budget for it. They can make decisions on how much to spend on ingredients, advertising, and labor. Have them record their budget, income and expenses in a notebook, practicing addition, subtraction, and simple accounting.
- Sweet Recipe Writing: Have your child create a recipe for their favorite candy or sweet treat. They can practice measuring ingredients and converting units, as well as writing a clear, concise recipe.
- Sweet Market Research: Have your child research the different types of sweets and candies that are popular in different countries. Have them create a chart or graph to compare the different types of sweets and candies, as well as write a short paragraph about what they learned about each culture's sweets. This activity integrates math (graphing and data analysis), writing, and social studies.
Me: Create a step by step guide for Sweet Recipe writing using a chocolate-covered pretzel recipe.
Sure, here's a step by step guide for writing a chocolate-covered pretzel recipe:
- Choose a recipe: Have your child select a simple recipe for chocolate-covered pretzels.
- Gather ingredients and equipment: Have your child gather all the necessary ingredients and equipment, such as pretzels, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.
- Measure and convert: Have your child practice measuring and converting the ingredients, such as converting ounces to cups or tablespoons to teaspoons.
- Write the recipe: Have your child write the recipe in a clear, concise manner, using bullet points or numbering to list each step.
- Create a title and introduction: Have your child write a catchy title for their recipe, such as "Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Treats" or "Crunchy, Sweet, and Salty Snacks." They can also write a short introduction to their recipe, describing the flavor, texture, and why they love it.
- Include cooking and serving tips: Encourage your child to add cooking and serving tips to their recipe, such as what type of chocolate to use or how to store the pretzels.
Example Recipe: "Chocolate-Covered Pretzels"
- 1 bag of pretzels
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Baking sheet
- Wax paper
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
- Dip each pretzel into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to cover it evenly.
- Place the chocolate-covered pretzels onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Add sprinkles on top, if desired.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until the chocolate is firm.
- Serve and enjoy.
- Use high-quality chocolate for the best flavor.
- For a twist, try dipping half of the pretzel in chocolate and the other half in melted white chocolate.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
As a homeschooling parent who embraces the unschooling philosophy, ChatGPT is a valuable tool and option for incorporating your child's passions into educational activities. Remember to prime ChatGPT first to get the most out of it and it can be great resource for homeschooling inspiration. So, why not give it a try and see what you and your child can create together!