No More Pencils, No More Books

I recently published a guest blog post for Home School Base, a site dedicated to providing home school families with community, resources, and information. There was a time in my life (high school, college) when I felt embarrassed to share that I was homeschooled from kindergarten through 8th grade. A lot of that embarrassment came from the stereotypes people would immediately assign to me.

I would like to think it’s my own maturity that eclipsed my embarrassment but the reality is that I’ve gotten really good at smashing stereotypes. There is still the noticeable pause in conversation and quick visual up-and-down to see if my outfit should have given it away (nothing but love for those who wear the long denim skirts) when I mention my education, but for the most part, people seem to take me as the person I present rather than the stereotypes.

As my son gets older, I’m aware of the choice my parents made to educate me at home. I applaud and envy their choice. As we consider education options for our son, the term unschooling continues to pop up and I decided to explore it in this guest post. If you are home schooling or considering it, this may spark conversation and inspiration for your home classroom. If your kids are happy, healthy, and thriving in the public school environment, enjoy this little meandering path through the world of home education.

(Just for the curious, my parents opted for a more structured home school approach but with a lot of flexibility for scheduling. Plus, we took a lot of field trips!)

When deciding what method of home education to employ for your family, you have likely come across the term unschooling. Like homeschooling in the 80s and 90s, unschooling carries a stigma of uncertainty and doubt and yet so many families choose to unschool their children and do so with success.

 

To decide what approach is best for your family, take a moment to learn about homeschooling, unschooling, deschooling, and what it all means.

 

What is homeschooling?

 

A brief history of homeschooling

 

The beautiful thing about home education is how timeless it really is. Although parents like mine who re-pioneered homeschooling in the 80s and 90s were met with resistance and disbelief, homeschooling is more foundational to human existence than most modern educators are willing to give credit. Parents Magazine referred to homeschooling as a progressive movement.

 

For the greater part of human history, the basics of education (rudimentary math, natural science, and eventually foundational literacy) were taught by parents in the home to the extent they held those skills. Socialization occurred in the church and community. Agricultural communities educated their children on the seasons, seed germination, and husbandry. Laborers and merchants taught their children basic geometry, math, and craft-specific skills.

Read the rest here – Unschool vs. Homeschool: A Guide to Choosing What’s Best for Your Family

Photo courtesy of
Joe Shillington

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