Dh and I have been reading a lot about unschooling lately, after a particularly miserable stint with classical education. (Dictation and copywork had dd and I both in tears!) So, yesterday dh and I sat down and talked with her about unschooling and just being less restrictive in general in regards to bedtime, food, and video games.
It all went well, she was excited especially when I told her that we'd no longer be doing lessons she didn't want to do. I asked her what she DID want to learn about and she said, "I still want to read Story of the World. I want to learn Math. I want to learn about bugs, space, rocks and animals. I do NOT want to learn about the human body anymore. I want to write stories, learn cursive and listen to everything on librivox." She also asked for a pocket knife, her own binoculars to watch birds and said she wants to learn to cook.
THAT was enormously comforting to me, that she could come up with a list of interests beyond "playing video games".
We also talked to her about listening to her own body in regards to bedtime and food and video games. To my surprise, after the discussion she did not run to the playstation! She had a very full day - she made a mycaenean shield, watched the isopods and millipedes in her critter carrier, pretended to be a minoan bull jumper with her stuffed animals, drew dragons on our white board, read a lot, wrote in her journal, practiced cursive, and played with her playmobils.
Of course, she did stay up until 1am playing animal jam, and today when she woke up she went right to the playstation. I am fully aware it will take her some time to self-regulate but I am really excited about where this will lead.
Any thoughts? Did anyone else transition to unschooling/radical unschooling and can talk about what the early part of the process was like?