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Old 03-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Is love to do unschooling, but I'm afraid!
I have always loved organization and planning and worksheets----I'm afraid of the unknown!

DD has been leaning more toward "can we learn about x today" which I do, but it kills my OCD! Sigh. I know I need to get over it, but its hard. Help?!


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Old 03-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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I think it takes some time to become comfortable with the idea and let go. I think the best thing to do is spend plenty of time reading about unschooling and unschooling families.

I like the book "A Little Way of Homeschooling". Also, you might enjoy these posts:
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
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One of my favorite videos about unschooling is this one. It starts off a little dry but it's worth the watch.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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A great intro book is "the unschooling handbook" by Mary Griffith. Gives examples from many different families on how ther children learn all the traditional academic subjects without textbook lessons.
There are also a bunch of great blogs and online sites:
Sandra Dodd's website is excellent, as is Dayna Martins.
If there's any chance you can get to an unschooling conference, I highly suggest it
There are also some beginner yahoo groups as well.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:13 PM   #5
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We were thinking about unschooling for a bit, once we realized our curriculum and approach weren't what we really wanted. A lot of the philosophy really appeals to me. There was something that just didn't settle right, for our family though. Maybe it's that we are kind of unorganized, and can also be unmotivated?
Maybe it's cause Im somewhat of a control freak, and I have to have at least some vague idea of what Im working towards, or else my efforts become scattered and not effective? I don't know.

I spent about 3 weeks online doing nothing but reading about homeschooling and came across the Charlotte Mason approach, and Im totally sold. It has what I liked about the "facilitating learning", but then there are also goals that Im working toward (that I believe in wholeheartedly and find WAY important).
We're going with ambleside online. I recommend looking into it at least, if unschooling appeals to you. Its very similar.

The math were using is very different from anything else Ive seen too. Its pretty much all mental math through games and activities, and focuses on teaching kids to think mathematically, rather than just plug numbers into a formula.

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