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Subject: any unschoolers here?
Date Posted: 7/20/2008 6:59 PM ET
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Just curious...... still researching various options for our family.

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 3:36 PM ET
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I consider myself an adult unschooler :-), but I'm WAY to uptight to have tried with my kids.  I'm letting the younger ones decide their own science topics this year, but that's as far as I've been able to let myself go.

Subject: unschooling
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 4:43 PM ET
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Subject: unschooling
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 4:43 PM ET
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Subject: unschooling
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 4:52 PM ET
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Wow, I don't know what happened there!

We've been homeschooling for 4 years, and we started with curriculum (Sonlight) and we've gotten further and further away from that style. I'd say we are unschoolers. I've always been concerned about the intense interests of my kids keeping them from a more general education unless I forced it on them (one has Aspergers, one PDD-NOS.) Now that my oldest is 11, and doing great emotionally and socially, I see him branching out a bit from video games. He has found a passion for horses (never would have guessed that one) and in addition to riding and reading about horses, he's putting together a book/scrapbook about horses. I've also watched his gaming go from typical video games (Pokemon!) to more elaborate games like Age of Mythology, and Civilization, and the various Tycoon games. So much learning happens with those.

We have no problem fulfilling our state requirements of homeschool hours without me forcing things. When I am letting them have control over their time, they don't tend to veg out in front of Spongebob (etc.) whereas they seem to need lots of veg time after I've forced something!

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 7:36 AM ET
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We are unschoolers loosely within the JD Hirsch/Core Knowledge curriculum framework. The more freedom, the harder the children work I have found. The 10 yo usually works from 8 until 3, with recesses he chooses, and lunch. But he will frequently work a lot on the evenings and on the weekends.

The children work with the Hirsch books and we check off together what they have learned, but they may be in multiple books (I am talking about the What Your Xth Grader should know series.)

I am not saying it doesn't cause me angst sometimes. 

But the learning goes on all the time. It is amazing.

They know what they are supposed to finish, but choose their own activities and order.

I really like Hirsch. I supply many materials (too many), but Hirsch and the library can be the very cheapest way to go.

I also highy recommend the DK Science videos. Ours are watched a lot, every year, and visiting kids beg to be allowed to watch them.

We also do not do any broadcast/cable tv anywhere in the house. Just videos and dvds.

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 3:25 PM ET
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we are and are not unchoolers.

try scout-school? it's where you use the boy scout/girl scout badge requirements for school activities



Date Posted: 8/18/2008 7:33 PM ET
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I'd say we might be considered unschoolers, but I like to refer to us as "eklectic schoolers" (sp?)  We just use whatever works... internet articles, computer programs, movies/documentaries, games - my husband likes to play jeopardy with them on Friday to review what they've learned.  He makes categories just like jeopardy but on the subjects they've studied, makes the point levels and hands out prizes.

We just went to Sam's Club here and found some great subject matter CDs for forensic science, middle & high school "Advantage" CDs (which looks like they cover pretty much every subject for most of the year), etc.  A program for playing the keyboard, really great, in-depth books on different subjects.  My husband is a HUGE movie buff and has loads of documentaries on DVD - if we study something, most likely he has a documentary for it!  LOL

We never have, however, purchased a packaged curriculum.  The closest I came was checking out Five-in-a Row when they were small, but didn't end up going with that.  It costs us very little - there is SO much available on the internet for free.  I even made my own board games for the kids when teaching them to read, and I used the cards from "The Phonics Game", but with our own boards that we made and if they could sound out the word, they could move their playing piece.  I just added harder words as they learned the easier ones.  They are both terrific readers now.

Anyway..... there ya go!  lol

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 7:58 PM ET
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I classify Our Family as eclectic Homeschoolers with Massive unschooling tendencies.

does that count?

I would be happy to talk to you about all of the Different styles and options if you would like more indepth info. I regularrly do this talk with different groups and at Homeschooling 101 talks.


Last Edited on: 8/18/08 7:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:34 AM ET
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I couldn't call myself a full fledged unschooler but we definitely are relaxed.  Tried the workbook, schedule, "school" type thing and just wasn't for us.  My son is a voracious reader and can easily educate himself on many things.  He is a kid who loves comics and other fun type books but he also is currently reading a book on personal finance and the Supreme Court.   He's not a unit study, project type kid either so most of his learning is from books, internet and field trips and experiences in the real world.

I gently guide but also diligently follow his lead.  


Last Edited on: 8/20/08 11:41 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 1:42 PM ET
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I like your definition, Ladystyx, can we steal it???

We've been homeschooling for the past 4 years and unschooled for the first three. As the kids got older, they began to ask for a little more structure. They were becoming involved in things like choir and 4-H, and it was harder to get around to everything else we wanted to do without some kind of a schedule. So now we spend an hour or two a day doing things like reading the secular Sonlight books together, playing with a hodgepodge of math and science (the easiest things for me since I'm trained as a biologist), etc. and then they go their own ways to work on 4-H projects, practice instruments, play with friends, etc. Although I have bought various curriculum materials, we just take what we like from them rather than following their schedules. So I don't think we qualify as what my friend laughingly calls "strict usnchoolers," but I also don't force anything on them.


Date Posted: 8/20/2008 2:41 PM ET
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I am of the whatever works! Methodology. It sounds like we have much of the same educational Philosophies.