I'm Katherine and my husband Michael and I are happy parents of Oliva (19 months old) and another one is on the way in 10 weeks!
For years I worked with children in different setting because I wanted to learn as much as I could. Mostly, I learned what conventional attitudes toward children and parenting methods are, tried many of them out, and finally came to see that I didn't like the person I became, and frankly those methods didn't work!
I was homeschooled myself in 7th, 8th, and part of 9th grade to avoid a dangerous school in Atlanta and so I've known I wanted to homeschool my children when I had them. Now that I have a little one I've begun doing more research and I feel so incredibly blessed to have found all this wonderful information about RU. It brings together the educational aspect of homeschooling and has given me paradigm shift after paradigm shift in regards to parenting methods.
It all began with a friend giving me an iPod she won since she already had one. Then I checked out iTunes, started searching around for podcasts, and then devoured, one after the other, from "Relaxed Homeschooler" (which is how I found this group), and also from "Humans Being." Every time I'd listen to one I had a huge "aha" moment, and I kept running to the computer to bookmark some new page to explore.
Then it turned into reading this list for hours, and I just might be half-way through Sandra Dodd's page. There's more in my bookmark folder I've titled "Unschooling." I've burned through several books by Aflie Kohn, Naomi Aldort, Rue Kream, re-read some John Holt, etc. that you guys in the know have mentioned.
This is a side note, but growing up my dad would buy a box of cookies, let my brother and I have a couple, which was never enough, and then eat the whole box by himself. My little girl gets as many as she wants and it makes her so happy and me so happy to be able to give her that freely. I wouldn't have such confidence without RU ideas.
Anyway, we live in NC, my husband is a guitarists, both jazz and classical. I love to knit, spin wool, read, and get to know Olivia. Michael and I have both been unschooling ourselves since we graduated from college and our lives are so full now as we explore our loves. We're both active in two churches (one is our home church, and the other Michael works at with the campus ministry of WCU).
I would love to hear from anyone else in the area. I know there's a homeschooling group here that is very conservative Christian and school-at-home-ish, but I would love to meet other unschoolers here! Also, the "plan" right now is to have five kids. Anyone with that many (or more) have any suggestions? I want to share these ideas with family and friends. Any suggestions on how to do this in a non-threatening way? Maybe you have some experiences that went well/ badly with sharing these radical ideas?
Thanks for reading this incredibly long post! And thank you to everyone who shares their lives with strangers so that life can be better for our children.