JEN: Oh, that brings back memories! I don’t remember how my son got graded on coloring, but he HATED coloring. If he decided to go along with the assignment, he would color the picture somewhat with colors that “made sense” and then he finished it by scribbling black all over the top of it not caring where the lines were. I was certain they were going to think he was depressed and refer us to a psychologist. LOL Continue Reading
MARI: One of my public school teacher friends repinned this on Pinterest and it made me so sad I had to share. “Colors make sense”??? Green cows with purple teeth make perfect sense to ME – who are you to judge my artistic sensibilities? It makes me wonder about Salvador Dali’s first grade teacher or Pablo Picasso’s kindergarten teacher. Sorry, Seurat, no smiley face for you – too much white space in pointillism. Too bad, Andy Warhol, your colors don’t make sense.
How do you explain your educational approach to people who expect your child to be at a place academically that they aren’t? For example, I started my daughter reading at six. There was a lot of stress and frustration. I decided to let it go because she obviously wasn’t ready. So we just started up again; she’s seven now, and I always hear from a few certain people in my family “She’s seven! She should be reading!” I tell them we use a child-led approach and find greater accomplishment waiting till they are ready. I always get treated like I’m making excuses for not “schooling” my children properly. How do you handle these type of situations?
This discussion was sourced from the Christian Unschooling Facebook Group. This topic recurs perennially in new threads, which have been condensed and merged into Part 2 (relationship with God) and Part 3 (more about unschooling except for Bible/faith, and addressing “train up a child in the way he should go” -Prov. 22:6).
RACHEL: I’ve seen quite a few responses lately that seem to say, “Well, we’re unschoolers except when it comes to God/Bible/Faith.” However, this group was founded by people who believe that unschooling is compatible with their relationship with God, how they are passing their faith on to their children, and how they study Scripture.
I was hoping that some of you are fully unschooling could share how you unschool your relationship with God and your study of Scripture. Please. ♥Continue Reading
Tonight at about 10:00, I got a text from a friend that said, “I remember The Squirrel went through a planets phase a few months ago, I thought you might want to know tonight Jupiter is super bright and right by the moon. Go check it out.”
The kids were still awake when I poked my head in their room so we hopped outside and looked (one of the joys of living in the desert is you can go outside barefoot in the middle of the night in January). The Squirrel thought it was awesome … Baby Pterodactyl babbled and tried to eat a piece of chalk. Continue Reading
NICOLE: So how do you get your children to be thankful for what they have? I’m really sick of my child complaining about the few things we have been able to give him. For example, we went to the Lego store today. I got him a mini fig ($4). he loved it until this evening with he was having a hard time removing a piece and starting whining and complaining about it, instead of asking for help with it. Another example is he has been asking me to get some waffles for about a week. He hasn’t had any in a while, so I asked my husband to get some while he was at the store. After he got home, my son started complaining that ‘all we had was waffles’. I went off. I lost it. then we ended up having a decent conversation between the three of us, but it still is very frustrating. I want to drop the iron hammer on him. I mean tighten up on everything. No toys. No extras at all. I’m just really fuming and frustrated.
SARAH D: So, I’m reading a lot regarding unschooling at the moment, most of it seems to be geared towards giving our children all their wants/needs – first thing is this scriptural? Wants not needs – I mean, should we get our children all their wants? Will they not turn into spoilt brats? Secondly, what if you just can’t facilitate them? Financially, space-wise, time etc?
Strewing, or finding interesting things to leave in your child’s path in hopes of sparking an interest, is a fabulous thing. But there’s no denying that it is also sometimes a superfluous thing. There are kids out there who know what they want and go for it, no matter if it is “strewn” into their path or not. Continue Reading
You know that picture that some people have in their heads of the homeschooler chained to a desk in the kitchen, or worse, the unschooler who just watches television all day long, eats junk food, and can only handle social interaction by unsocialized grunting?
Erase all those preconceived notions and come and meet my kids. I have four children: Noa is 17, Colter is 15, Kyler is 11, and Mica is 9.
We are unschoolers, but we have have a fairly rigid schedule we follow … because my children have chosen to engage in a number of activities outside the home. Most are casual or fun, some are formally academic. When we’re home, we often just collapse to relax! Continue Reading