Homeschooling or Unschooling?

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  1. LadyofLight

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    Hello all,

    My child is a kinisthetic learner, and I find that she gets very bored and restless if there is too much structure. She loses interest almost immediately if I pull out a worksheet or have her work on a computer. The fewer senses involved in her schooling, the more she outright hates it. When I was a kid, I loved to learn for it's own sake. Not my kiddo.

    This has created a great challenge for me. When I set her up for school for the day, I have to incorporate as many tactile activities as I can. This is very difficult for certain subjects, and I also work from home and am single. So, I cannot spend hours every day setting up her activities and coaching her through them...

    I find Unschooling really appealing as an alternative to a rigid curriculum, simply because my daughter does a whole lot more learning (and retention!). It's not that I have removed structure all together, but I base it on her interests... I do still have her work on math and practice reading and writing in a similar fashion to the curriculums we've used in the past. As she goes through the rest of her day, she finds those tedious things useful occasionally, and is a lot more willing.

    Going to an Unschool philosophy has taken nearly all of the fight and stress out of school for us. I am dealing with particular circumstances though (her learning style as well as a very tight schedule and budget), so I don't know if this would be a good solution for every family. I was just hoping to start a discussion about it, and get/ give some feedback.
     
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    My sister in Christ does unschoooling for her child and it works for them. Everyone has to find what works best for their individual situation and go for it. That's also what is so great about homeschooling, it's very flexible. :)
     
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    I agree with a previous poster, in that everyone needs to find what works best for their child.
    I am so happy that you have found what works for your child. Keep on doing what your doing sounds like you are doing an amazing job!
     
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    If unschooling works effectively on your child, then I guess you have just got to stick to it. If she's having a lot of fun learning and retaining knowledge through this method, then that's totally great to hear. :)
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not sure how to incorporate the Core Curriculum into this type of schooling, but I guess it will just take some time and effort to balance it all out.

    One day at a time Thumbsup:p
     
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    Why would you want to incorporate Core Curriculum?
     
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    Well, I'll have to check with the laws in my state (to see if they've changed) but my understanding is that the Core Curriculum has to be taught by homeschool families. I think that curriculum is ridiculous, personally, and can do a better job teaching my kiddo with the free curriculums online, but if it's required by the law, I should probably address it at some point. People are losing custody of their children for stuff like that...
     
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    What state are you in? I'm in NY and I've not seen anything about having to teach CC to homeschooled children.
     
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    She may be referring to some states requiring homeschoolers to take standardized tests; some of those tests follow Common Core guidelines. But there seems to be the option of using the standardized test of your choosing.

    But as it currently stands, HSLDA doesn't seem to have anything showing any state requiring homeschoolers to include Common Core in their home curriculums. Currently.
     
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    Oh good, I'm pretty overwhelmed with the legalities of it all, and heard repeatedly that Common Core was developed specifically so that homeschool families would have to participate. I guess I'll have to investigate more... sheesh, there aren't enough hours in the day.
     
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    I've never heard anything about this. Really, especially if you plan to homeschool your kids through high school, I don't see how CC could affect you. I DID have my son repeat algebra and will have my daughter do the same because our algebra isn't the common core and they will need to take the NY state regents exam in algebra to get the regent's diploma. But other than that, it hasn't affected my son even transferring into public school last year for 9th grade.
     

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