Originally Posted by Amy in NH
We all use "teachable moments", so in some ways we all unschool.
<...> But we are certainly very busy unschooling with the rest of our time.
Just to be clear - this is *not* unschooling. Unschooling is not something you can do in beween your parent-required lessons - it's not another word for hanging out with your kids and doing things that interest them. That's part of what happens when you unschool, but it also happens when you school at home or school at all.
It's like saying that you eat meat for two meals each day but in between those meals you're a vegetarian. You're not - you're an omnivore, even if you aren't eating meat at that moment.
Unschooling is a lifestyle, and it's really defined by the absence of required academics, more than what you actually do instead of those required academics.
Unschooling is not about "teachable moments", either. If my kid makes cookies, it's about cookies, and if I saw this as an opportunity to teach her about fractions and maybe work on some reading skills, that would be working on my agenda, not hers.
I chose unschooling because I saw it as part of the natural progression of child-led weaning, toilet-training, and everything else. I also went to a school for a couple years where a lot of the learning was more child-led than traditional schools, and that opening my eyes a bit to the possibilities. As a kid, I remember being so fascinated with so many things, and not having the time to explore them all... and most of my time in school seemed to be a waste of time, and really boring.
I also read Summerhill, a long time ago...