Unschooling Portraits: Dorla

Please introduce yourself.

Hi! My name is Dorla, I live in Texas with my husband, Jose, and our son, Samuel, who is 10. Our blog is Mi Escuelita – created primarily for Samuel’s grandparents who live in Costa Rica.

What does your typical day look like?

Breakfast with the Weather Channel, chores, reading about weather, math, check the weather, swim (summer), piano practice, reading in bed, hurricane tracking around the world, weather updates, play with cousins, play with friends, Instagram, The Mystery of History, TV, Wii – not necessarily in this order…

What does the term “unschool” mean to you?

I’m still trying to figure this one out. Mostly because in my world it is unnatural – but in Samuel’s world it’s happiness. So maybe for me it is LIVING.

Have you always unschooled or did you, like many, gradually move from traditional homeschooling (or public school) toward unschooling? If so, where are you in the process and how did you get there?

We have always homeschooled and started out in a traditional way following an awesome curriculum. However a few weeks into grade 3 I realized all we did was fight and argue about getting the work done and we were both frustrated.

We have been unschooling off and on for about 2 years now, mostly due to the fact that when insecurity creeps in I bring out the schedule! That usually lasts for a few days and then I let go…

Two weeks ago I talked an awesome homeschool coach who gave me tremendous insight and renewed confidence and courage. Now I am slowly letting go… for real!

What interests do your kids have that you never would have guessed they would develop?

Geography, travel, weather. Samuel’s passion for these is unreal. At the moment the walls in his room are surrounded with charts, maps and graphs of hurricane statistics. He tracks them around the world at least twice a day and keeps us updated.

What are some of the benefits of unschooling that you have seen?

Freedom. Joy. Peace. Relaxation… My son is happy.

What are some of the negatives?

I wish there were more families in our area who unschooled. There’s a lot of loneliness…

Tell us about your best day (or your worst).

Best day – when I am NOT demanding that “things” get done.
Worst day – when I demand that “things” get done and end up doing them myself anyway!

Favorite definition of unschooling:

Life learning.

Thank you, Dorla, for sharing this unschooling portrait with us! 

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