January 2013

Unschooling really works

I see it every day.

I used to doubt unschooling. I know many other parents who sometimes did, too, until it finally “clicked” one day while their kids were reading by themselves, or getting into college, or acing classes without having spent a day in a classroom before… Normally I can trust my kiddo these days, too, but sometimes I still have doubts. Who wouldn’t, in the culture we were raised in, where education by “professionals” rather than experience is hailed as the be-all, end-all?

But every day my child proves to me, over and over again, that she can learn without my help. She’s seven and she’s teaching herself to read and write. Without me. I’m almost jealous as I watch her figure out the words on her own, sounding them out, occasionally asking me how to write a letter or sound out a word she wants to know. It’s kind of amazing, too.