Becoming Unschoolers

Becoming unschoolers has not been an easy transition for us. Yet, like most difficult journeys, it has been worth the effort.

We stumbled into homeschooling six years ago. Our daughter was then five. Unable to relinquish that tired, but familiar school model, we harbored visions of quiet, “Norman-Rockwell-ish” teaching moments. Our daughter, Jaime, would be caught up in the throes of learning as I, the teaching parent, would earnestly ladle knowledge into her empty little head. In my arrogant innocence, I called those times “planned learning encounters” in our education plan for that year .

They were a bust. We collided violently with barrier number one at our very first planned learning encounter.

Continue reading Becoming Unschoolers by Janet Keip, from the Jan-Feb, 1997 issue of Home Education Magazine. Subscribe today and save $6.00 off our regular subscription price!

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