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From: Julie Babudro (
Subject:         Unschooling with 4 kids in Canada
Date: September 27, 2007 at 7:11 pm PST

Hi, What's your story these days??

I say that we default to unschooling--we just end up here--I feebly try to impose and always seem to be in a losing battle..(I do encourage them to read, and to help with chores and life in general-- life skills-- we grab learning moments, and we have a lot of discussions)

I do wish I knew "what to do" when we don't know, and aren't feeling inspired or into anything. We spend a lot of time and energy taking care of our 2 little ones, and the house. We are homelearning with 4 kids: 15yr 11 yr, 3, and 19m, and we have recently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

LOL--my 15 yr old son and I just enjoyed a moment talking about this message board--i told him there seemed to be several unschooling Christian vegetarians and he was amazed along with me; we've felt we had to be anomilies--and then he said, "In Halifax??" LOL, I don't think so, but you never know...!
He is a strong, handsome young man who is a model (IMHO) of life-long vegetarian good health. Skyler has also always been a great reader and actually happens to be a natural speller, (I think these go hand in hand) and a deep thinker, excellent in Math--I am very thankful for all the fruit in his life--and the other day I read something that saved my sanity which has been tested over my 11 yr old daughter who is so different from her brother--I aim to see the individual strengths, but it's hard sometimes not to compare. Regularly I need to deschool my own head.

What I read of comfort was a cute parable about a fern and a bamboo plant side by side. The fern soon showed its beautiful foliage, while the bamboo showed nothing at all for 3 years. Turns out the bamboo was all that time growing strong roots first. I relaxed a bit, thinking and trusting that my daughter is like the bamboo. Unseen growth is occurring.

Time to read a bedtime book--night night!

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