I normally blog over on Multiply, but I only want this one read by unschoolers. Yesterday DS11 freaked me out because he said, "I'm glad I don't go to school because I'm not smart."
I questioned him why he felt that he was not smart. Several weeks ago he hinted at this issue and I grabbed a 6th grade math textbook. We sat down going through the first 10 lessons and he was surprised at how much he already knew. At the time, he seemed satisfied that he was just as "smart" as the kids his age who go to school.
We spoke about all the things he did know that perhaps others did not, but I'm wondering what can I do to help his confidence. When I asked him directly he said he'd like to do worksheets. I shuttered!!
How can an always unschooled child have these feelings? I know the answer to this actually. My real concern is why isn't my son feeling confident in his abilities.
This probably is a normal part of growing up, comparing yourself to others. I will have to help him work through this and help him realize how wonderful he is.