Thanks!!Sorry for dragging this thread up again, but I wanted to say "thanks" for your reaponses. It was very thought-provoking. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around unschooling. I have Mary Griffith's, "Unschooling Handbook" right here in front of me. My child is only 3 and we are unschooling right now. He has no work. I just follow his lead, pick up books that I think would interest him (we got two train ones at the library yesterday), answer his questions, etc. He has, somehow, managed to learn a lot of things even though I don't directly teach him.
I guess the philosophical problem I have with unschooling right now is that I lack trust that he would learn math and stuff like that. Of course, this is the kid who largely taught himself how to use our computer at 2.5 yrs. I should trust him more, but as this is directly at odds with what we've been taught in our society about education, it just feels scary, YK?
I want to provide the perfect environment for him to play and learn in, "strew his path" with loads of interesting things that will help him learn, but I'm a bit nervous about that. Still, we've managed for three years. I bought him pattern blocks and some manipulatives, because he's really into spatial stuff, puzzles and shapes. Maybe I'm not doing too badly?
I don't feel entirely comfortable with unschooling for us right now, but I can't imagine saying, "We're learning math today." It doesn't feel right to me, personally, either. I figure I'll be winging it and at a minimum, following a largely child-led style. I can't imagine telling him what to learn, but I feel the need to keep mental tabs on what he's learning and casually introducing topics to fill gaps. Who knows what we'll do down the road? This thread has provided good food for thought. Thanks!