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Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Monday, December 29, 2014

Unschooled

I get a lot of hits on this blog every day from all over the world.  I'm very curious to know, do any of my readers unschool?  Not just homeschool, but UNSCHOOL.  Please leave me a comment if you do, and your blog link if you write about it!

1 comment:

c smith said...

We have Unschooled now for about 10 years. I don't have a blog but I'm happy to answer questions. Unschooling can be really different for every family but for us it looks something like this; my kids read A LOT and books form the cornerstone of their education. This is true even of my non-readers as we read aloud often. My 9 year old is a late reader, so I read to her every day. One of my other 10 children also read late and I'm not worried. This year my 9 year old has gone through the Little House On The Prairie series, all of the Junie B. Jones books (which were great for discussing grammar), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Bridge to Terabithia, the Ramona Quimby books, Homecoming, and tons of others. Right now she's on book 4 of the Harry Potter series and is reading Amelia Bedelia books independently. She has researched and studied geography and weather of North America and England, Manifest Destiny, World War 1 and 2, child custody law, crop production in the northern states, maps and globes, how to make clothing and food such as butter and flour, nutrition (how long can someone live on wheat alone), and fractions as she became interested in cooking and every recipe has to be at least doubled for us. This is a great time to unschool as you can find so many resources and activity ideas on-line. My 2 oldest have graduated, my son is a supervisor and mechanic at a large carpet factory and also has a small design business where he supplies art designs for some T-shirt companies and also tattoo artists, he will probably eventually do that full time. My daughter at 19 is the youngest store manager for our local Dominoes and she is attending child-care classes at our community college. She really wants to be a stay-at-home mom and maybe do some writing :) My 4 year old has a genetic condition that necessitates speech therapy and that has been hard this year. Our state provides in-home therapy until age 3 and then the child has to receive it at school. She has been attending pre-k half the week to get her speech but next year we would have to either enroll her in public school or pay for private therapy, we're considering our options now. Unschooling can get expensive and hectic for us, as I really want my kids to be exposed to lots of different activities and people. We've done all of the sports at one time or another, my son even won some scholarships doing bowling tournaments. We've done or are doing dance, drama, art, cooking, gymnastics, and history classes. It can be easy to get a little lazy and just veg out instead of engaging your kids in learning but it can also be so much fun to learn what you really WANT to learn.



We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson

 

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