Parents sometimes worry that their child will not be equipped to face the outside world and its challenges. But what many parents sometimes forget is that their unschooled teen has already been living in the real world and experiencing real life!
An Unschooling Life
I took my three kids out of school in 2004, a year after adopting them. In 2005 I created An Unschooling Life, a blog detailing our unschooling experience.
Over time, An Unschooling Life became a hub for unschooling support and advice. It has been featured in print and digital media and was home to the popular Unschooling Carnival (later known as Unschooling Voices). I’m in the process of updating and moving all the posts to this blog where they will be housed in this section. In 2020, I began unschooling my two younger children, so you'll also see updated posts under this topic.
Unschooling science happens naturally and is rooted in curiosity in our home.
There was a discussion, on one of my unschooling e-mail groups, about how extended family members seem to have a hard time finding something to say to a child when they can’t ask about school. It’s like the only questions anybody can think of to ask a kid is “What grade are you in?”, “What’s your favorite subject?” and “How are you doing in school?”
I re-read a bit more of Guerrilla Learning by Grace Llewellyn this morning. She writes about what she considers to be the five “keys” of Guerilla Learning. The first one is opportunity and this is what she has to say.
My two daughters (ages 8 & 11) do not have a bedtime, as of about two months ago.
Let me back up a bit.
From the day that I removed my three children from school (December ’04), I’ve been unschooling them, which means we don’t do school-at-home or follow a formal curriculum. Around the time I removed them, I started reading about radical unschooling or as I’ve seen it sometimes called whole life unschooling.
When my daughter Jacqueline was seven years old, she asked if I could buy some stories that explained math. She was becoming more and more interested in how math fits into her world and had started to take notice of it in movies, TV shows and by watching my husband & I. She had a basic understanding of addition and telling time but she was more interested in math as a whole, not broken down into subjects