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When people ask me if I am an unschooler or not, I don't know what to say! I feel too structured to say yes, but too relaxed to say no. I know some unschoolers who are very offeneded if you say you are an unschooler and have any sort of workbooks or curriculum items in your home.<br><br>
I thought I would just say what we do, and get opinions to see if we qualify or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/pinktongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="raz"><br><br>
My DC are only (just barely!) 5 and 2. We do all the normal stuff of going to museums and parks and libraries and zoos. When we get books, I let the DC get what they want as long as I don't consider it to be complete 'twaddle.' I also pick out books for them to encourage or spark their interests, but I don't force anything if they are bored or whatever. They spend most of their time playing or helping DH and I around the house and yard. They have a lot of educational/imaginative toys, like magnets, magnifying glasses, wooden toys, silks, and instruments. Sometimes I ask DS things, like "how many crackers would you have if I gave you two more?" to see if he knows (and he does). I really want to buy things like Sonlight books, Cusinere Rods and Miquon books, etc not to "do school" but to have available to kind of explore together, to see if they like it and where it goes from there. I try to never push him, or correct him in his writting unless he asks me for help. He is currently learning to read slowly, and I just answer his questions.<br><br>
So do I sound like an unschooler? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I know it is just a label, and labels are not that important. But I am meeting a lot of new HSers, and it seems like most people are able to say, "We are using X curriculm" or "the Y method" and I don't know what to say yet.
 

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I think there are different degrees of *unschooling*. Like you said, it is only a label. Just enjoy your DC and live life and do not worry about what you are or are not. Just be.
 

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That is why I liked the thread about being a child-led homeschooler. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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