I had heard of unschooling and was even trying to decide between homeschool, our local public school, school of choice into the next district of public school because it is really an excellent school, or the charter Montessori we have. Lots of good choices. However, kindergarten just got switched to full day here, and I don't think my son would be ready at 5 to go all day.
However, I want to know if we are on the track or unschooling, and I wanted opinions on what I do now.
I wanted this to be a "practice" year to see if I really had the time to teach him because we moved into a fixer-upper house that we are constantly working on, we haven't even taken the stuff out of our boxes, and we travel a LOT. My husband is in the Reserves and we go with him.
So, I keep having it on the backburner to teach him this and that. The funny thing is, he keeps beating me to it. First, he learned to spell his name. Then, he learned to write it (this has only happened once). Then, he learned to count to 40 (but kept missing 13, so I had to keep telling him to put that in). Then last night he counted to 100 but asked me at each interval, like 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 what words those are.
Earlier this week he wanted to know if the body was made of muscles. He wanted to know how the Earth stayed in space. He wanted to know the difference between a state and an island, and what state are we in, and what state is his grandparents in. So we checked a LOT of books out of the library, on the body, on space, on the US and world maps. After going through those books during the day and at bed time, he wanted to know more about blood because blood wasn't in the book we got. So we checked out some books on blood, and he went through those. I told Daddy next week that they are going to make that model of the planets, one of the books has a page on doing that. Two of the books on the body are experiments to do (mostly with movement and such).
I have to admit, I am so super excited about all of this. Is this how unschooling goes? Because if I kept him home from kindergarten next year, I was so worried about curriculums and everything - I have a lot of homeschooling friends, and they all use curriculums, including for preschool. What do I do now? Do I need to carve out specific time every day to work on this? If I don't put enough time into it, will his interest fade? Do I need to organize and plan, like go through certain parts of the book and follow up with one of the experiments?
I am just excited and don't want him to lose his momentum. He does still play most of the day, but will occassionally grab one of the books and sit down and flip through it, or bring it to me and pick sections for me to read.