Mamarhu, I love your story and it sounds great. I feel that I am just having trouble trusting that this will work. A friend said to me the other day as we were discussing her deschooling her 8 year old, " I think one of the hardest things is deschooling ourselves." And she is so right! I have the this idea ingrained in me that things need to go "this" way, that certain things need to be drilled into children: it's normal, everyone is doing it. It IS normal and almost everyone is doing it, but I know that it's not BEST. I know from experience, my own experience, that it is not best, at least not for everyone. I am toying with what is the right balance for us, I guess.
By the way, I bought FIAR, as I previously mentioned, and we did it on Monday and Tuesday, and we liked it. But it has been SOOOO nice outside that we haven't done it since! How can I drag her inside when she is playing in the garden? Honestly, I have drug her in a bit, but I also can't take this weather for granted.