Well, I didn't think I'd be needing support for unschooling our son anymore, but I kinda do....
We took our son out of pubic school halfway through grade 3. He was having migraines and stomach pains. He was being bullied by teachers and he basically refused to go any longer. I used to say that the only way we could have gotten him to school was by dragging him behind the car.
We lived in a small town with no other schools to choose from but this school was considered excellent. To me-- it was simply his personality unable to reconcile with the school system.
I completely understood, as did his father-- we both hated every single day of school and would have given anything to not have had to go.
I started by ordering the curriculum, intending to teach it to him. But Stuart refused to do the work. So I thought that maybe he needed a period of deschooling and allowed him to run the acreage with his dog and just be a boy. He caught bugs and we looked them up, he read many books and he did play on the computer. But most of the day, he was out exploring with his dog.
I loved watching him grow as nature had intended. We had to put up with the usual family members insisting it was paramount to child abuse, but we stood our ground. Stuart came with me as I went places for my business and basically, we just allowed him to be a kid.
His grammar is excellent (no "me and him"), but he knows little math-- or rather, he doesn't know formal math. He can get an answer to an equation on his own.
He probably knows more about social studies and history than I learned in school, from watching Discovery channel and so on.
He's a great young man-- still super stubborn, though. ;-)
Here's the thing. He is now 24 and completely blames his father and me for not forcing him to go to school since he thinks his options are limited because of it. He does have a well paying job but it isn't what he wants to do.
I encouraged him years ago to go ahead and get any courses he needs and just get going on it. Basically, he's had many excuses not to but I think a lot of it is because he is afraid they'll think he's "stupid" (which he is not-- not by a long shot!)
Tomorrow he has an appointment at an adult education place to get tested to see where he is in their estimation. I have to admit-- it worries me. I know I shouldn't care what they say about us (we went through that enough and stood up to it!) but there's that scared part of me that wonders if we'll be made accountable.
If I had to do it over again-- I'd do the same thing. To me, my son's psychological health is far more important than a formal education. Frankly, it did nothing for me-- I would have loved to have learned the way I wanted.
Yet, I'm sure most can relate to that part of me that wonders....