I've tried everything and anything when it comes to homeschooling my 9 year old - school at home, unschooling, classic education, charlotte mason and now we are using a cyber charter school.
So far we've not found the thing that works for us. School at home and the like are just daily battles, and while my daughter likes certain aspects of the cyber school we hate others. Mostly the problem is too much busy work, too much focus on stuff long after she's mastered it, some subjects are way below her ability level, and she complains she doesn't have the time or energy to learn about the stuff she wants to learn about after the school day is over. (She just wants to get away from the computer and play outside or play with her toys or veg in front of the TV.)
My daughter has always had wide and varied interests and if I am able to keep up with it and support her then she's tended to immerse herself in whatever interests her. Lately I've been just marking her cyber school lessons done and allowed her to do what she wants within certain parameters. She has to do math every day, and luckily she enjoys it so that's been good. She has to read every day, which she loves to do and does on her own anyway. She has to write every day, whether it is to practice cursive or write about what she is researching.
Basically, based on all of that, I think she's a perfect candidate for unschooling! The problem is me. I have so much anxiety about her not learning things in "order". For example, last week she spent a few days reading about the Mughals and the Taj Mahal and talked about it constantly. This week it's been the French Revolution. Just today she mentioned Henry VIII. (She gets most of her ideas from the HistoryTeachers youtube channel, she loves those songs.) It makes me twitchy that she jumps around like this, without learning about what came before and what came after, if that makes sense?
She is the same way with Science - one day she wants to know everything about Space, the next day it's the brain, then she's making a coloring book of all her favorite unusual animals like the jerboa, quokka, mantis shrimp etc.
The first time I unschooled I got so completely burned out. I think I overdid the whole thing. She'd show an interest in a certain artist and off we'd go to the nearest art museum that has his/her work, sometimes 2 hrs away. She'd show interest in any topic and it involved me going over the top to provide her with everything I could find on that topic. The second time I unschooled I tried to be very laid back and didn't do much and that was a mess. She got hooked on the computer and the TV and very little learning was done.
Sorry for the wall o'text, but I guess my basic question is this: How do I find the happy medium for us? Is my anxiety about her jumping around from topic to topic reasonable? How can I make this work and balance her love of learning with my anxiety?