thanks for you reply, I agree totally with you about school topics being so narrow- all that I believe and that is important to me in my life I learnt AFTER I left school/college/university.
Deschooling is hard (dd was in school till age 8). Sometimes it is so hard, all the home educators around here are VERY structured school at home- my dd can't telephone them during schol hours! Hence I get my support here and other forums, there are no unschoolers near me ( it is called 'autonomous education here!)..
I find it sad that we live in a society where the 3 'r's are all that seem to matter; at what age they start to read, whether they know their times tables etc. I do find it a pressure, it is all around me.. Any good deschooling books to read?? I love unschooling and find it so inspiring to read others experiences of this- so thank you everybody xxx
I love that my dd is passionate about cooking and has an avid interest in History...but society expects her to do other things too...if she has the confidence to be different then that is great, but at the moment she hasn't- maybe with time who knows.
The children are back at school tomorrow and dd to feel like she fits in has drawn up a schedule she wants us all to follow- everything is covered, what time we get up and dress etc- She wants me to enforce lessons from 9 am till 3pm- how do I help her understand unschooling? Is she too young for the Teenage Liberation Handbook?
I have considered a 'not back to school' party or an adventure walk, but am not sure if this will make her happy I don't mind that she wants to 'play school' but when it comes down to the 'lessons' the onus is all on me, it just seems so contrived........Where I have to play teacher and tell her what to learn, I want to follow her interests, and let her develop her own path and I'll walk alongside her for a while whenever she needs me.
When do I get my life in this timetable too?- time to read, to play, to laugh, to walk......
So how do I deschool us both? What can I read? How do I explain it to her and let her know we're not the only ones who 'unschool'?...
Blessings and love