Just when you start to get nervous about unschooling, sometimes the kids come along and set you straight. This week, my son (who will be 9 this month) asked me to teach him (a) how to do cursive writing and (b) spelling lessons. The cursive writing was something he wanted to do for his drawings of Minecraft elements. He wanted the labels on the drawings to be fancy. With the spelling, he says he is getting extremely sick of not knowing how to spell anything. (He constantly asks us how things are spelled.)
Of course, he'd be much better at spelling if he read more, but still, I just couldn't help but be reassured by the fact that these are two topics that school might attempt to force a kid to do, and yet here he was, on his own, for his own reasons, asking me to teach them to him.