I pulled my 8 year old, second grade son out of school at the end of January, he was there for 1 1/2 years of hell and anxiety. Now he is free.
I am an old hand at homeschooling but never believed unschooling would work as I am inherently lazy, enjoying to sit and read, and walk the dog and garden. Its like I need targets to function. I always thought I would go the Classical route. So I wrote up my timetable for us, bought in the workbooks and was ready to start after the half term next week. I want my son to have a good education to be able to have doors opened to him in adulthood to help him in whichever path he chooses. But most of all I want him to be happy and not to have a life of struggle.
I can't help thinking unschooling would be worth a try. My son is resisting anything that looks like school, I can't even say homeschool as it upsets him so much. He has ideas of things to do, nothing academic, but the past few days I have let him be and we have made biscuits, done some fun science experiments, walked the dog, cycled, done some wood carving, candle making and needle felting, read some stories.
I have ordered Sandra Dodd and Dayna Martin's books to have a read over the half term. But where do I start with unschooling? How do I know what to offer, what to do each day, I would like the day to have a rhythm so I feel we have accomplished something at the end of the day. When half term has finished how do I know what to do? Where on earth do I start?