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February 08, 2008



We've been radically unschooling for 9 years now. I listened to Pat Montgomery (of Clonlara free school) speak once that the typical kid can learn all the K-12 math in about 12 weeks if so inclined. We put that to the test this past summer when my always unschooled son spent a couple weeks cramming math (arithmetic through pre-alg in Cliff's Notes version), passed the entrance exam into a private college-prep high school (his choice - to play soccer!), and received an A in Algebra I for first semester.

We'd used NO curriculum, no lessons, ever. We played lots of games, lots of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh probably helped, and he's a computer whiz so he'd gotten a lot of experience with numbers there. But nothing formal. He still comes home from school and says, "I knew this already from programming, but I didn't realize it was algebra."

To ease the transition, I made myself very available to help with homework in the first few weeks. Mostly, I had to help him with school-speak, terminology. Otherwise, he picked it up just fine.

Coincidentally, his lowest grade is in history, the subject he most enjoys. :)

And now, after receiving Head of School's Honors, he's considering coming back to unschooling. "Now I know I can do it. Unschooling is more fun."

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