Thanks a bunch!
Here is a link to a previous thread on unschooling
here's another one
another unschooling thread, this one started by a mommy of a toddler. includes a post from someone that HS in Ontario.
You might want to check the Finding You Tribe folder for the Canada group, there are probably some homeschoolers there. Just in case they don't see this thread.
Unschooling is just moer of a child led unstructured approach. It is a pretty broad definition. SOme people feel you are not an unschooler if you do any lessons, some say your unschooling if you do anything less than a fully structured program. A good over view of unschooling can be found in "The Unschooling Handbook" It is very laid back and not preechy or elitest. Easy read and enjoyable. Even if you decide unschooling isn't for you the book still has some great general insights in it.
We do a combination of unschooling for some subjects (everything not listed below) and more formal educating for others (handwriting, reading, math).
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
To me, unschooling except for handwriting, reading, and math is like being vegetarian except for eating hamburgers, steak and pork chops.
I find the boards and list at www.unschooling.com to be helpful.
Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
There are both homeschoolers and unschoolers in Ontario. We used to live in Hawkesbury, about half way between Ottawa and Montreal.
I always learned more through reading and general life then I did at school. I quit public school when I was 17 and homeschooled/self schooled from then on.
and my personal definition of unschooling is, education that is self-directed and interest-led. (i might have "stolen" that from someone/somewhere, but i don't remember!)