Another question for y'all: I am not real organized, so I'm not sure if what I'm doing is unschooling because of default, or if I'd be better off finding some kind of curriculum as a guide. Is unschooling kind of living and doing this and that, like I am, or is it just an excuse? Help please.
I think this often! I struggle
with the whole labeling thing! I think, "What AM I doing, exactly?"
We are back at some math textbook use! I really have come to the
conclusion that my method, or lack of one, can't be labeled. As
a friend wrote to me the other day, "When you learn something new, isn't
it a combination of reading about the subject, talking about it to others,
Wow- this is long- sorry! Hope it helps a little....
Unschooling is never done by default. All unschooling
means is a child led education with parental guidance. For example:
We decided to do a field trip to the Indian Reservation. So today
we went to the library and got books on Indians, Indian Culture, Indian
Games and Food. We are also doing a field trip to a Hindu Temple
so we are also studying about India and now she knows there is a difference
between Native American Indians and Indians from India.
Hoo boy! I could write a novel just agreeing
with both Ladies! LOL This is where I get into trouble with some
people who like to label people and put them in boxes! They go
on about what unschoolers 'have to be' and on and on.... (Which is hilarious
because unschoolers are supposed to be 'outside the box,' yet they want
us to inside a box they create for us in order for us to be unschoolers....)
Someone else can much better answer this because I am more a relaxed than unschooling kind of person - I am one of the more highly organized ones! BUT, it sure felt like an excuse last year when we had 2 weddings and moved a houseful of stuff to a new place and I just didn't feel like doing school work. So Ben was truly unschooled but I kept feeling twinges of guilt - these ladies on this list helped soooo much to relieve that though. Not doing much of anything in the line of curriculum generated bookwork, I can happily say unschooling worked just great for Ben. I am not expressing myself very well here but hope you get the idea. I personally think the younger your kids, the easier to unschool - every day life is new and exciting and there is so much to "absorb". I also have high school kids and they are a bit harder - although I guess I am unschooling them as they choose what interests them and go for credits in those areas. (Nate is taking a popular music class at the community college and I will count it for history credit since he does not need anymore music credits). It seems a bit more difficult at the high school level for me because we have a homeschool resource center that does give the kids credit at the high school level and then I have to drive them there and back and that gets to be a pain! bye for now.
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