To me, radical unschooling means to be unconcerned with the traditional view of standards in education. It means being free to learn in the environment of real life in a loving environment that cares about the whole person. It means being free to be ourselves and explore God's world with curiosity and awe. It means bringing joy back to discovery. It means tossing out comparing our knowledge with others, but to instead explore our individual giftedness with wonder.
how long have you been unschooling or homeschooling?
With a one year exception when I was bedridden with a back injury, for 10 years.
first names of children
Kaylin, Kyler, Alyssa & Saylor
a little about me
I met a homeschooler in Iowa when my oldest daughter was a baby (1993). I thought they were crazy. My mom was a school-teacher, and I'd never heard of homeschooling. When she started 4th grade in California, I realized I had no choice but to pull her from school. Her curiosity and thoughtfulness were being penalized. She was a tactile learner with a real zeal for learning that was looked down upon in elementary school. Over time I realized that most curriculum was a waste of time and was actually crippling the kids' desire to learn, so we began digging into life. We criss-crossed the San Francisco Bay area, enjoying all the amazing gifts of living there. A few months ago we moved back to Iowa, and I am unschooling my 12 and 9 year old daughters. We've switched gears a bit, but continue to grab life and enjoy what there is to explore.