Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: In the middle of nowhere, at the centre of everything.
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Goodness! Re-read what you wrote. It's a beautiful testament to the value and success of your unschooling.
She does well reading with help. You can see that she is progressing. She is mature, knowledgeable and considerate, both interpersonally and ecologically. She impresses people with her poise and communication skills. She's creative, talented and confident with interests and skills in the visual and performing arts. And she's happy, and you know that homeschooling is right for your family.
What could possibly be wrong here?!!
It's not that I don't understand the doubts and the demoralizing effects the naysayers can have. It's just that I think the antidote to all that negativity is right in front of you: it's your own children and the things you are observing in them. You write beautifully about the good you see in all this. You could try doing so a bit more systematically. Keep a blog or journal. Add photos. Write about the interesting things you do, the insightful comments your kids make, the progress you see, the flashes of brilliance, the "aha!" moments, the sparks of interest, the connections they've made, the little challenges that have been overcome. If you're like me just the act of observing and documenting will quell most of your doubts. And for the doubts and feelings of anxiety that swell up occasionally after you see a friend's schoolchild's third grade spelling list posted on their fridge, what I call PUPD or Periodic Unschoolers' Panic Disorder, sit down in the calm of a late evening with a cup of herbal tea and go back and re-read what you've written in the past. Look at the lovely pictures. Remind yourself how much has been done and learned since last winter or last year. It'll be a sure cure for your PUPD.
Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups