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#1 of 2 Old 05-18-2009, 01:48 PM - Thread Starter
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I very much followed the unschooling philosophy for my son's first years and although he attends a Montessori program this year and is enrolled for next, DH and I are both thinking that unschooling is the best option for our son.

DS is our only child and although we have never had (nor want to have) his IQ tested, his teachers conveyed to us that they think he is extremely gifted and that we will be hard pressed to find a fit for him -- even Montessori where he will still be limited by the materials and activities available. Homeschooling with a curriculum is not at all appealing to me as he has learned everything he's wanted to ...

So the question for me is, how can I make unschooling work for me too?

I work mainly from home and the two of us all day long would be (and in the past, has been) a real challenge for me. DS is not interested in playing with other children -- he wants the company of adults who can teach him things, follow his interests, and give him all that he craves in learning and companionship. And he really wants me to be that person -- voracious appetite for exploring everything from every angle all day long ... with me. And I'm more of an introverted academic writer who needs lots of time alone or at yoga

So DS being in school has served me well (I've been able to work and get more alone time) and him somewhat well (he loves Spanish and music and his teachers follow his interests). However, after his kindergarten year next year, I can't imagine finding any school that would "get" him as much as his school this year has.

So any advice on how to get myself --mentally, emotionally, and physically ready to unschool DS? I'm already prepared to address feedback that we are socially damaging him for life ... we already hear that as parents of an only child
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Maybe you could hire a college student to take him on outings to interesting places to give him some adult interaction and you some home alone time. That could work out even if they stayed home and played or did projects together.

My ds also has a high need for satisfying interactions with people, usually adults because young kids are less able/willing to interact meaningfully. That is getting better now that he is approaching 8. He is actually playing by himself for periods of time and other kids are more satisfying than when he was 5. I could probably get things done at home if he had the right friend over for a playdate, at this point.

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