Unschooling Questions and Answers
Questions from and following the Albuquerque homeschooling conference in September 2002
Q: So unschooling is basically following your child's or your interests?
Yes. Good description. (I guess I should have said that in the talk, huh?)
Q: When your child asks about something, for example "How do you write this letter?" do you focus on that until they are bored and let them bring it up again, or do you work on it over the course of days, weeks, months, until they are satisfied?
This was a written question, so I didn't get to ask whether by "letter" a piece of correspondence was meant, or a single figure. Same answer for both, though. I would just answer the question, sketching one example, and then see if the child wanted more information or not.
But if a single was meant, this morning (9/8/02) Holly asked me "What's the best way to make a 'q'?" I wrote four different ways, not knowing what she was asking. She was wanting the plainest printed "lower case" letter. So she picked the one that best matched the lettering she was doing, and she was happy. Total "lesson," fifteen seconds.
Q: Do you still look at standards for certain grade levels only so that the state leave you alone or do you just wait until they say something and show them what your kid can do?
I used to look from time to time at APS Expected Competencies, or the World Book list or something similar, but now I look maybe every two years.
In New Mexico they're not going to ask you to show what your child can do. And when you're with your child in busy learning-situations every day, you'll see the learning just take off!
More questions from the weekend, from memory (paraphrased; not in writing)
I guess I never finished that set. :-)
Here is a set of questions from the summer of 2013:
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