I just wanted to say how happy I am that we've stayed with unschooling as DS has reached school age. I spent entirely too much time on this board when he was little trying to absorb everything, learn from parents with older kids so that I could see what was ahead. Still I was afraid that powers beyond me, or within me, would shift how we were doing things. But now it all seems to becoming together, I can sit there each day and note how he is learning, how we are learning together without me handing him an assignment or pushing anything. I am lucky that I live in a place where we have created our own community of Unschoolers one filled with Mamas I love and other children DS loves too.
I know a lot of my confidence comes from having so many examples to learn from. So during this week of gratitude I wanted to thank all of you who have shared pieces of their lives here. [Fine I'm in a sappy mood sorry]
I am most thankful in the morning, when we don't have to scurry and hurry to get out the door. Some of our best games happen before 10am and after 6pm. I am thankful that for the most part we do not have to rush from one thing to the next to the next. It makes me more relaxed, and I am a happier and better person for it. I am thankful that "learning" is not boring for the girls. I am thankful that we can go out and learn about things "for real" instead of from a book in a classroom. I am thankful for the books though, and though I'm not religious I will sing the praises of our local library system. Glory Hallelujah! I don't know what we would do without our awesome library. Amen! (Love!) (That's me singing in praise!)
"Let me see you stripped down to the bone. Let me hear you speaking just for me."
Hey, sappy is good sometimes! I loved hearing your story.
Good for you for hanging in there and learning what works and what doesn't. As a teacher, I saw homeschooled (and unschooled) kids who thrived, and kids who didn't. Almost always it came down to the amount of time and effort the mom put into studying styles, methods, ideas, and philosophies, then making wise decisions about her own ways and those of her child or children.
Very happy for you!