I'm an 18 year old unschooler, and a strong supporter of unschooling. I genuinely believe it is the best educational philosophy out there, and that much of my happiness, healthiness, confidence, and all those other great things are thanks to the non-mainstream way I've grown up and learned. However, it was always hard for my family when my sister (now nearly 16) and I were younger, since the only homeschoolers in the area were a VERY Christian, very school-at-home bunch. Not to say that's bad, just to say that my family really didn't fit in! I think that when a family chooses to step outside the mainstream, and follow a very non-traditional life's path, dealing with the reactions of those around them can be very difficult if you don't have a support network, people who can validate your choices, and share their own experiences living as unschooers in a very schooled society.
SO, actually getting to the point, my mother and I have decided to try, once again (last Winter we were going to try and get a group together, but then we found out someone else was trying to start an unschooling group, so we met with a few unschoolers through that, BUT it ended up falling through) to start an unschooling support group. We have a few ideas, but I'd love to get more ideas, suggestions, advice, etc., especially from people who've started similar groups!
Oh, and by the way, since I neglected to mention this earlier, we live in the Montreal area, and are looking to advertise this across the Island of Montreal, as well as off the West Island as far as Richaud. So, as well as looking for advice, I'm also looking for anyone who lives in this area and would be interested! I know Bea lives here (*waves hi!*) but I don't know if anyone else does...
Thanks a bunch for any and all replies!