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From: Dana in RC (
Subject:         Yes, Unschool !
Date: March 14, 2007 at 4:09 pm PST

In Reply to: help posted by vilmarie on February 10, 2007 at 9:01 am:

Have you taken time off to "deschool" him? There is more info for you to research via computer & otherwise, but at 10 he definitely needs time out from prison. You need to think too, about why you want to follow someone else's curriculum.

Take him on library visits, hobbies, maybe the Boy Scout handbook for projects, and he might enjoy and need stuff that burns that energy up (hikes, swimming, etc). Suggest but don't insist.

Limit junk TV and maybe elect. games, but maybe not Internet if he is writing and researching for his interests. Some unschoolers use POKEMAN with great success, too. My dd did like some travel shows, esp. if they had people eating gross things. (See, geography, cultural affairs, sometimes money math, questions of etiquette versus honesty, etc.)

Insist that he "narrate" aloud to you about something he has learned, enjoyed or otherwise been focused on every day. You listen and ask good questions. You don't have to point out something educational.

The writing can wait, and it is not too late for you to read books aloud to him if he is resistant to reading. Even older kids enjoy being read to. You might be surprised how much more sophisticated his tastes in literature are than you have been led to believe by his school books. I suggest that "The Other Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead something is good as it deals with a boy who runs away and lives in the wilderness, in a tree. Lots of side interest in nature, geography, survival skills, etc.

You could look into the living math forum, read or have him read "The Number Devil" or take a look at some forms of geometric expression workbooks. Or just do the money thing like someone else sugested.

Look into Home Education Magazine and their website, and the egroups. You'll be encouraged.Welcome to the club.

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