As a mom who has unschooled 2 boys since birth, you sound like you are on the right track.
People don't always get it, but trust yourself and your children.
You can't learn more about the world that when you live in it.
I couldn't pay my kids to go to school, as teens all of their friends wish they were unschooled and all the parents say how smart, sweet and happy my kids are.
You can do this. I would love to be so close to the beach especially when my boys were little.
I am feeling a bit alone and confused after a visit from my mom out of state (we were are orginally from), we unschool our 6 year old almost 7 DD and 4 yr old DD we live in an area where there arent many homeschoolers around and my DD is very shy about playing with schooled children, we did go to a co-op one day a week but that is over till sept and it is quite far away so we wont be going much this summer which means we may not see her friends she has made in that group, we have lived in this area for three years and I myself havent made much friends at all, a few moms we see here and there but not many... My oldest takes art class for two hours every monday so she is with kids then. Our days consist of going to the beach a couple of hours taking walks and going to the playground and a few trips to the store thrown in here and there, but my children spend their days with me...
Mom comes to town and tells me we do not live normal lives kids should be in school where they will have friends ( my girls dont want to go to school they are quite happy being schooled at home by me) I mean we arent super social but my kids do play with others at the playground art class swim lessons ... they were both in ballet last year, so we arent exactly isolated.
our 6 yr old isnt reading yet and doesnt seem to be ready at this time, she knows her letters and all the sounds and a ton of sight words but wont sit down and read a book, she says she cant, so we dont push she does a bit of addition and subtraction each day, she can write beautifully, she loves to draw and make art projects and loves to color she is a wiz on the pc... my 4 yr old loves to color and watch a bit of tv and she too is a wiz on the pc... she is learning her numbers knows her alphabets and can recognize a few numbers and letters on paper.
I felt we were doing great until the horrid visit from mom now I am starting to wonder if this whole homeschooling is going to work, and I am questioning why my DD isnt reading yet and doesnt show any desire to learn to. I dont know what to do I am very upset so I figured I would come here and get some advice from all of you. If I have to hear one more time from my mom how my 6 yr old niece is reading and has tons of friends I am going to scream! I love where we live it is beautiful and freeing and I so dont want to be back into a boring get up go to wrok drop kids off at school lifestyle but at the same time I am afraid I am doing the wrong thing.. thanks for reading.