I Could Never Homeschool, and Unschooling Scares Me : Are you considering Unschooling? I know what you are thinking: I Could Never Homeschool, and Unschooling Scares Me. When I first began, I was just as scared as you were when I started, but I jumped head first into the homeschooling world and learned as I went. I am still learning every day, reading, searching the internet. On palydates with my other homeschooling famileis I would ask parents questions and always asking my kids what they Continue reading →
SOLE Education- Unschooling new term without the negative : I love telling people that I homeschool my kids mainly because I love the reactions I get as they are trying to process the information. Many older retired couples (we run into a lot on the road) love the idea that we are traveling and homeschooling. The younger generation think I am nuts and I get the usual excuse: “You’re a saint I could never homeschool my kids”. The hardest part of telling people I Continue reading →
Deschooling: How will I ever survive? : I am going to be honest with you as a parent. Deschooling is one of the hardest things you will ever do. In my opinion it is harder for the parent than for a child. no matter the age or how long they have been in school. First let’s go over what Deschooling is and why you need to do it if you plan on Homeschooling, Roadschooling, Traditional homeschool, Unschooling, or my favorite school, Googleschool (Google/Internet – where Continue reading →
Five Christmas Gifts rule for your teenager : Our family uses the Five Christmas Gifts rule for our teenagers. As my kids have become older and more mature buying gifts have become harder and harder. So I implemented a system that has worked great since we have hit the road. Our house is only 350 square feet and space is limited. Each child gets to pick five gifts. We like this rule because it helps you stay on budget and get real things Continue reading →
Review Unschool Math Curriculum: Life of Fred and Khan Academy : A Unschool math curriculum is kind of funny term since most unschoolers don’t use any kind of curriculum. Most Unschoolers let their child learn from life or use the world as their classroom. Unschooling is a self-directed learning where the child decides what they want to learn and how they want to learn it and we “as parent” guide them on their educational adventure. I honestly believe that if you want to use curriculum as a Continue reading →
A typical Unschoolers Week: All the Boring Stuff Behind the Scene : This is a little introduction to our somewhat exciting life of a Unschooler. I normally try to post tips on Unschooling, Frequently Asked Questions, and projects that you can do with your kids. Today I wanted to talk about behind the scene stuff and well, honestly, it is a little boring. These are things we do every day or every week, A typical Unschoolers week, that I just don’t write about because I fear you would Continue reading →
I Want to Unschool, but Where Do I Start? : Want to Unschool, but Where Do I Start? So, you have done some research and think that Unschooling will work for your family. I want to Unschool, but where do I start? Your kids are still in school or you want to try Unschooling. If you answered YES to most of these questions then you are in the right place. Steps to Start Unschooling My kids are in school or school is about to start. What do Continue reading →
Up until now, I really haven’t mentioned my daughter, Devin, much in my unschooling posts. This is because her approach to unschooling is very different from the free-form learning of her siblings.
While my other children are free to pursue their interests in whatever manner they choose, Devin has chosen to continue learning in a more schoolish way. Despite, this fact, I still feel confident calling her an unschooler because this is completely her choice. In all honesty, though, how much are labels actually worth anyway?
There are two reasons she’s opted to learn this way.
– She was in public school longer than any of her other siblings, with exception to Brendan(20). Because of this, she’s just grown accustomed to the routine and is more comfortable this way.
– She plans to go to college, so she has chosen to go through an accredited diploma program, which is extremely vigorous. We’ve researched the other options for high school diplomas. She’s not interested in a GED and the stories about parent-issued diplomas often needing lawyer backing have scared us off that route.
So what does she do? I’ll break it down into subjects, as the state will.
English- lots of reading- she’s quite the bookworm
– Grammar and writing through BJU Press- she only does this twice a week since the diploma program only requires that 1/4 of the book is completed
– Composition and Speech- another requirement is to write four compositions, one being 2500 words long, and she has to write and present a speech
Algebra- she’s using Lifepac this year, completing two pages per day; she doesn’t like this curriculum, but I don’t think she’d likeany algebra curriculum
History- Streams of Civilization– I don’t follow the lesson plan. She reads this pretty much as a story and completes a project for each chapter. She usually chooses projects with an accent on art, one of her loves.
Life Science- again, Lifepac, which isn’t very exciting. She wants to continue on with this until next year, when we’ll use something different
Greek Mythology- D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths– she really enjoys the stories and artwork in this. She also completes the accompanying workbook. She’s always been interested in this subject.
Flash Animation- she takes a class for this at the local art school
Photography- she’s using a homeschool photography course in which she will email photos from shooting assignments to a photography teacher whowill grade them.
Subjects such as consumer science, health, art, music, and physical education are all subjects that just happen naturally.
– Household duties are completed daily.
– Health issues often come up in normal conversation, along with the health issues addressed in doctor visits and everyday personal hygiene.
– She loves to draw, is teaching herself how to play the guitar, researches her favorite bands daily, and she loves to go for walks. She also plays games in the gym during youth group, although this isn’t her favorite thing.
So this is what her typical day looks like. Structured, but flexible, which is what she wants and needs.
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Author: Shelly Sangrey
I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything. View all posts by Shelly Sangrey