Suited for Unschooling?

HEM’s Questions & Answers – July-August 2011

Suited for Unschooling?

My husband and I always planned to unschool when we had kids, but now that I’m a new mother I don’t know if I’m suited for it. Everything I read talks about lively group events and getting out to do things. I am a shy person. I work at home as a fiber artist every spare minute. Philosophically I believe in unschooling but maybe the kind of person I am is unsuited to providing the energized environment my son will need to flourish. How do shy, preoccupied unschooling parents do this? -Maggie

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3 Responses to Suited for Unschooling?

  1. Tina on May 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Don’t give up!
    Talk to your kid and husband and see if they wanna try a free school.Your child will unschool in school what is pretty cool!

  2. Heidi Ahrens on May 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Unschooling is about the way your child learns and following their lead, not about a prescriptive method, so just follow your children and yourself. I know for a fact that my four year old would love to be in your unschool. She loves to sew, weave, needle felt, what a great place to start having a fiber artist as a mama teacher

  3. Judy on July 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

    As a new mom, you’re already unschooling your child by
    providing him a safe, loving, environment with
    plenty of opportunities to learn. That won’t change as
    he gets older. The only change will be in scope. Don’t
    fret about being shy and forcing yourself (and family)
    into group activities. You’ll know when you and your
    kiddo will be ready to venture out a bit. We are a
    family of introverts (a term I prefer to “shy”), and I
    have definitely eased into the group scene. I would
    strongly encourage you (when you feel the time is right)
    to look for an unschooling group in your area that
    meets for park days. For me, that’s been a great low
    pressure way for me and my kiddos to connect with some
    really cool people without feeling obligated to go
    beyond what is right for our family.