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November 20, 2007



great post! Thanks for describing how you and your daughter found your way on this.


Our kids were put on earth to challenge our thinking. We don't have any standardized test requirements but discovered that my 10 year old really likes those workbooks you can by in the bookstore for math. She never wants to do all the problems and mostly that's okay. If she is doing them with fluency, why do all of them. But it sure surprised me.

On the other hand, developing the skills of setting goals and working out how to meet them, including working out what the best tools might be, is certainly something we want the to be able to do.


Hooray, I love this post! Homeschooling plus curriculum can still equal unschooling. You are simply giving your daughter the resources she needs to succeed. Curriculum is as much a resource as the library, the backyard, or the Science museum.


I really enjoyed reading this post. I'm experiencing something a bit similar with my 7 year old. He's been getting very frustrated with not being able to write his thoughts and there is a disconnect between his thinking abilities and being able to express them in this way.

I really feel that sometimes our job as a homeschooling parent is to recognize moments in which our children need empowerment and confidence in their abilities. Sometimes, the challenges of a structured project or assignment, at certain ages, is just what is needed to help them see a concrete example of their abilities.

I blogged about our experience with a curriculum on our blog, recently:


Thanks for the writing. As a soon-to-graduate Education major with a philosophy way too radical for schoolteaching, I have on occasions for brief moments considered seeking work in curriculum development. It's good to hear that if I decide to do that, my work might end up being useful to unschoolers.


I love the fact that you have the flexibility to do what fits her needs at a given time, even if it doesn't fit the strict definition of "unschooling." Unschooling is really about giving kids ownership of their own goals, then making sure (as Jackie said) that they have the tools they need to succeed.

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