I recently decided to homeschool my 7 year old DD after having her in a charter school for the past 2.5 years and 1.5 years of preschool prior to that. What I was really striving for is "deschooling" her for the next few months and then choosing a curriculm. Since pulling her out of school I've learned more about unschooling ... and parts of it sound great (if that's possible-to unschool sometimes but not others).
My question is, how do I find out what her interests are? Or how do I expose her to things that might interest her? Since being out of school she brings up things she studied (of course, never math! lol) but she says things like, "Mommy! I know what the sun is made of! GAS!" or (she holds her hands up like a diamond) "Does this look like a huge arrowhead?" or (we live on a farmstead) "Can we bury this dead goat and then dig him up to see his bones?"
So part of me wonders if I shouldn't have taken her out because I might miss exposing her to something she would love (but that feeling doesn't last too long ;)) and then I wonder how I could possibly expose her to many different things.
For now she is happy with being able to go to gymnastics twice a week but when I ask her what she would like to spend time doing, she says hanging out with horses. I get that is her passion ... but we cannot afford a horse. My rule around here-if I can't milk it or eat it we can't afford to feed it !
What's the right path for me to start down? We live close to the city so we have resources. I just don't know where to start.