This year I’ve really started paying attention to the natural gifts and interests of my girls. My 13 year old loves everything artistic – singing, acting, writing and creating various works of art. My eight year old loves animals of all kinds. I know my parents were aware of my gifts and interests but how much time could I really spend pursuing them if I was in a classroom all day?
Today I consider myself an ecclectic homeschooler but more and more I’m becoming interested in unschooling. Tonight I spent over an hour sitting in Barnes and Noble reading The Unschooling Handbook . I’ll be honest and say that Unschooling makes me nervous. What about testing? Can they get into college if I Unschool? Will my youngest ever be more interested in learning than playing playstation? Does her computer game “Pet Vet” count as school? I’m sure all of these questions and more will be answered as I read through all the material about Unschooling.
I have to wonder why our world has become so enamored with college degrees if Unschooling really is the way to learn? I spent a lot of time during my college years learning stuff that had nothing to do with my major. I also used very little of what I learned in my professional career. My hope for my girls is that they really pursue a career in something they are passionate about. Homeschooling and especially Unschooling seems to be the best means to that end.