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Eh, I might be too much of an unschooler for a co-op

March 17th, 2009 at 07:13 pm

The parents and I had our first planning meeting, and at first glance, we are very different.

I am very driven about the three Rs, but beyond that I am very much an unschooler.

Not that I don't teach, just than in general I am not to picky what we are learning so long as we are.

So what if a kid is interested in Abraham Lincoln at 5, I do not plan on repeating or making him wait til 6 just because the 'plan' says 6 year olds have to study is fine if they do, but fine if they don't.

And if they don't study him till 8 or 9. it is ok I might object if they never do study him though. But then again I might prefer they not to the current glamorized version of him.

Same with sciences, beyond life skills I see no need to insist that kids know how to classify birds or flowers, though I see no reason not to. I see no age requirements on Gods world, why do we impose them on children?

On the other hand I could get some Language and I would love for my kids to learn about nature from someone who knows....

Next week we meet again, I shall see how it goes.

5 Responses to “Eh, I might be too much of an unschooler for a co-op”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I hope you are able to find a way to come to a compromise with the other parents. (btw - I agree with your philosophy.)

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I like your philosophy too! Good luck.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    i like your philosophy too. i went to an independant school in year 6 (i actually ended up doing year 6 and 7 in the same year). no one was pushed into learning anything, and you were schooled into managing your own time. they would suggest it was study time, but in the end you were the one to decide when to do it.

  4. nanamom Says:

    I agree with your philosophy although I have been known to intro subjects that I think they might like. For example, DS2 loved just studying animals for science till I bought a kit that intos experiments with color, now I have a budding chemist on my hands!

  5. princessperky Says:

    I also intro topics just for fun, how will you know you like something if you don't try it?

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