We are going to Life Rocks www.liferocksconference.com
an Unschooling with the Law of Attraction conference for a week in april in North Conway New Hampshire. There is another unschooling conference in MAss in August and I have heard of others out west. What a fun way to connect with other unschoolers and learn new ideas. I will be in an unschooling advocacy session talking to others about our unschooling experiences. We have been unschooling from the get go. I learned about it from Naomi Aldort. www.naomialdort.com
I believe she is most like Anastasia in her parenting techniques. Alfi Kohen is very good too. We do not practice Sandra Dodd's version of radical unschooling. We do not have tv or unlimited sugar. I do not feel that this is allowing my children freedom. I have seen what diabetes does to people and I grew up with no tv which gave me great freedom to be creative in Nature becuase we lived deep in the woods. Instead we live outside as much as possible and eat from our garden. Of course we do eat sugar sometimes like when we go to some parties and we do watch tv when we go to Grandma's house. We were even interviewed on the news about unschooling and on tv ourselves. My daughters are 5 and 7, Nature and Avalon. We love singing, sewing, drawing, painting, building fires and debrit huts, dancing, gymnastics, growing plants, picking berries, going swimming, surfing, horseback riding, acting, climbing, laughing and playing. We draw designs of our Kins domain. We draw permaculture designs. My 7 year old does not know how to read yet. She has friends who are also unschooled and do not read yet and she has friends who are public schooled. We played school yesterday because Avalon wanted to. She practiced her letters on a chalk board and Nature sewed buttons on her guinea pig jacket. My girls are so creative and fun! We play all day! I often say we are on vacation all the time. We are so blessed to have an abundant Daddy. He owns businesses and deals with stressful meetings with lawyers so we can play all day. We support him with good food and lots of love. We are going to buy land where we will create our space of love as a family and we will provide land for other families for our kin domain settlement as well. We have found land with south facing slopes, far enough away that you cannot hear traffic and on a lake. It abuts the Koviashuvik farm. A living school they have there Where they teach the NAtive American ways of living sustainably. I took 7 classes from Tom Brown Jr and that is where I first learned about teaching by example and by asking questions empowering children to think for themselves. It is called invisible schooling. I like this term better then unschooling.
Thank you ladies for this inspiration...
My little one is only 2 years old (and she can already do aerial circus acrobatics and performs with us, her splits are awesome!) but I know I never want to push her into a curriculum or anything like that.
Now, I grew up in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal and unschooling unheard of, and the school system really hieararchical, so I was made to feel proud that I got to waste 13 years of my life sitting behind a desk being bored to death instead of the not-so-smart-kids who only got to waste 9 or 10 years doing that, before they got to learn something they liked to do (if they were lucky) or something they don't really like to do (just to have a job) and then do that for the rest of their lives.
It was a big thing when I realized the whole deception...
sometimes I feel sad about these thousands of wasted hours (imagine what I could do now, had I started doign circus at age 2, instead of age 22?), and all the programming still to undo, but It didn't get the better of me in the end and i won't let the system catch my little angel!!!
keep it up mamas!