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Why Unschooling intrigues me

I’m rounding out my second year of homeschooling.  My first year with 2 kids.  I’ve read some on homeschooling, not a ton as homeschooling books kinda stress me out.  I’m not an education type (I don’t have bins of organized crafts, poster-boards, and the words “group work” still make me cringe).  I never thought that I’d homeschool.  But of what I’ve read the stuff from John Holt about unschooling has surprised me.  Frankly, I figured myself to be more of a Classical education type.  But in doing this I keep seeing things that shock me and make me doubt.  I can’t tell you how many times I have to say things like “stay on task” and “have you finished your___ yet?”  The teeth pulling that goes on over things that my kids are totally capable of doing in 3 minutes and they drag out for over an hour.  But then once we’re done with homeschooling for the day they play.  And when they play they do stuff like this…on their own…for fun.  And then I wonder if I should just quit the workbooks, sticker based completion charts, and full on unschool.  I’m kind of a homeschool schizophrenic, doing one method one month and then another the next.  But this is where we are in this education process.

Harriet whipped this together on her own during some free crafting time.  If I had assigned this there would have been weeping and gnashing of teeth and it would have take several hours.

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