I'm new to posting in this forum but I really wanted to share DH's lightbulb moment of unschooling. He's onboard for homeschooling but somewhat skittish about unschooling.
So, we had a busy weekend with friends & pumpkin picking & other stuff. DD(newly 4) has been very interested in reading & writing but has let us know she wants to do it "on her own".
When we got back from the pumpkin patch, DD announced that she was going to write a letter to her grandparents in CA. I said OK. She started the letter on her own. It was cute to hear her start sounding out the letters, "d, d,d,deer".... I was fixing lunch & somewhat heard her getting frustrated & heaving big heavy sighs
. I asked if she needed help? "nope"...About 1/2 hr later I found DD on the floor with a notebook she dug out of somewhere. There she was on the floor tracing letters all on her own. DH was
She didn't notice us luckily
. A few minutes later she mumbled to herself, "OK I think I got it" & went back to writing her letter. I had to point this all out to DH who quickly retorted with "yeah yeah yeah, I know I know, but but...well I guess there isn't a but"
It was so awesome.
Later on DH brought it all up again (unschooling that is) & he went on to list countless things he's seen with the kids...DS (22 mos) saying "Danks" (Thanks without any prompting EVER) when you give him something he asks for; DS's fascination now that he realizes there are letters in his books ( all b/c we read--no direct teaching involved) & so many amazing things with DD. It made me so proud.
Now I'm *seeing* it more & more. All the learning that goes on even when it feels like we're doing nothing
. It's non-stop, continuous learning & the kids are so hungry for more & more knowledge. I feel very lucky to be on this journey with them.