Tell us a little about your family
Our family activities vary on a daily basis and are generally determined by what we decide we're in the mood for from one day to the next. Together we play cards, watch shows and movies, cook, show each other cool things we've learned how to do individually, develop business ideas/brands, get on each other's nerves and best of all, talk... A LOT.
Did any particular events lead you toward unschooling?
How would you describe your “path to unschooling?”
What were your hesitations about unschooling (if you had any), and how did you overcome them?
What words of wisdom would you give someone just starting out with unschooling?
About the Kids Questions
Did your kids ever go to school?
Yes, KK went to "school" through 8th grade. G went to "school" through 1st grade and then returned the last 6 weeks of 8th grade and went through 11th grade before opting out of continuing and choosing to return to Homeschooling for her "Senior" year.
How was that for them?
KK missed the kind of life and programming she had always known and the traditional "landmarks" it seemed most of the other children(going to school) in the same age bracket as her were experiencing (like homecoming and prom in particular).
To this day, though she blossomed as an author, entrepreneur, author, blogger, vocalist, songwriter, seamstress, inventor, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and more, while homeschooling 9th thru 12th, I regret not giving her more choice in whether she could return back to school and more choices in general. She had been experiencing such intense bullying, while in school, I was more focused on trying to bring that to an end vs recognizing, as I do now, that a lot of unschooling is about empowering our children to listen to and trust their intuition by, first listening to them and trusting their intuition, ourselves.
As a 2nd grader, G was all for homeschooling at first. As the years went on, she would sometimes raise the question of whether she wanted to return, before determining she would miss her homeschooled life too much.
Once she began her "7th grade" year, she started pondering the question more seriously than she had before. She finally made her mind up to give it a go, as she wanted to see what all the fuss was about. She wanted to make sure, since she felt fairly certain she was going to college to pursue Veterinary Science, that she would do fine in a structured learning environment.
While she was there, it was interesting to watch her evolution of self. In her words, she learned about different "types" of people and became clearer, within herself, about what is most important to her. Once she felt "done", she expressed that she wouldn't be returning for her "Senior" year and would homeschool.
What hobbies/interests have your kids enjoyed?
What strengths do the kids have because they've been unschooling?
- their ability to think critically,
- their ability to find the answers to whatever questions they have...about anything
- their knowledge that they can teach themselves how to do anything they're passionate about learning and put their mind to.