A while back, a member from an unschooling email list I belong to, asked some questions and was looking for encouragement. Her questions are followed by my answers.
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!
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.