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I love the days you think of all the things you've done and think 'cool'. KWIM? Today the kids went to the mall with daddy to pick up the laptop that had to be fixed, watched mommy edit some photos (and talked about layers in photoshop <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ), carved pumpkins, cut a finger and talked about why cuts bleed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> , roasted pumpkin seeds, finished our homemade costumes and went trick or treating.<br><br>
Personally I can't imagine them having spent today in school or sitting with textbooks.
 

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I love the freedom (especially the freedom it gives my kids) of unschooling too. It fits so well into our family, just feels completely natural!
 

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We have a plant nursery and my husband does lots of landscaping that takes him away from home.<br><br>
The days it strikes me most is when my daughter is able to walk out of hte back door and casually go to work with dad and come home when she is done. She learns so much from him and helps him quite a bit even tho she is five. They will come in the house together to get something to drink or eat and they will both have these flushed cheeks and a conversation going. It just feels right.<br><br>
Once we had a college class on a tour of the nursery to discuss fern reproduction (it was a botany class). the greenhouses were packed so 30 students could not fit in them. So my Dh did his little talk in front of the greenhouse and would send our dd in (she was 4 at the time) to get the ferns. he would give her the latin name and she would go in and pull one of them. Everyone was impressed that she knew exactly which ferns to pull because she knew the latin for them. Of course she did, she had been potting them up and moving them since she was old enough to carry a one gallon pot.<br><br>
For us, unschooling has given our daughter a really strong sense of self and of accomplishment. she is a really fascinating person whom we really enjoy getting to know. I cannot imagine robbing her of this zeal for learning by making her learn things to satisfy our ideas of what is necessary for her. She just seems to know what she needs so much better than we do.
 
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