garddwr Posted January 19, 2012 Share Posted January 19, 2012 I was describing what I do with my kids, and the mom I was talking to (who is a very structured homeschooler) said "see, that's the way to make unschooling work!" It was a compliment, but...I don't think of what I do as unschooling. I'm not by nature a very structured or directive person, and I do aim for independent learning for my children. Here's what we do: We have family devotional in the morning, followed by couch time--usually memory work and history read alouds. The rest of the day the doesn't follow any particular pattern, but there are certain things we try to do every day. My main academic goal for ds6 is improving his reading, so we take some time to sit down and read together, sometimes alternating pages. Once he is reading solidly we will move to focusing on handwriting and copywork. I do take a relaxed approach to academics in the early years--I don't think a lot of seat work is necessary. We do lots of learning activities together as a family--science explorations, math games, read alouds... I do expect more formal academic work starting around age 8. Dd8 has a customized planner I made for her, and we sat down together and decided what subjects she should study every day and which ones she should do maybe a couple of times a week. She likes to work independently, and does violin practice, Rosetta Stone Spanish, and writing every day without reminders from me. She is writing a long story on the computer. She will come to me if she has a question (i.e. "Mom, if I'm writing what someone said do I put the period inside or outside the quotation marks?) otherwise I generally don't interfere. She is a voracious reader and it shows in her writing. The only thing she needs my attention for on a regular basis is math. I think what my friend was referring to as unschooling is the fact that I am not very directive with my daughter's learning. I don't hand out many assignments, and I don't do a lot of direct teaching as long as clear progress is being made--unless I see a problem that needs to be addressed, I mostly just leave things up to her. When she has questions, she comes to me. I guess I just see that as "why interfere with what is working?" So what does the Hive think? Would you call this unschooling?? --Sarah Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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