20 Aug 2013 26 Comments
I’ve always been an unschooler at heart.
It’s how we started, three years ago when I realised I didn’t want my son cooped up in a gloomy classroom all day, learning what a bunch of politicians had decided every English five-year-old should know.
I wanted my children to have the freedom to explore this wondrous world for themselves. I wanted them to know the thrill of finding answers to questions that had had time to take seed and grow in their minds. I wanted them to have the space to dabble in their interests, and the time discover their passions. I wanted them to fall in love with learning.
So my children came home, and for six months I let them be.
Once we were home-educators, I began a whole new learning adventure of my own. I discovered The Well-Trained Mind, Charlotte Mason, Project-Based Homeschooling, Brave Writer and, of course, homeschool blogs.
All these resources have contributed hugely to the richness of our homeschool. Without these forays into other styles we would not know the joys of The Story of the World, what makes a great living book, or the power of copywork to teach grammar, spelling and writing style.
I don’t regret a single step along the winding path that’s brought us to this point.
But now … it’s time to take the best of what we’ve learned, and find our unschooling groove.
I don’t know yet exactly what unschooling’s going to look like for us. I’m still calling it almost-unschooling, lest the unschooling police knock on my door and swipe the whiteboard out of my hand in the middle of a living maths problem.
I know there’ll still be science, and writing, and art, and history, and geography – I won’t be able to resist sharing my enthusiasm for these subjects with J(8) and C(9). Perhaps we’re still just eclectic homeschoolers. But, whatever our label, next year I’m counting on our homeschool bringing a few surprises.
I hope you’ll follow me on our almost-unschooling adventure!
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Homeschool Mother’s Journal – So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler?