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From: Razz (
Subject:         Re: difference between relaxed homeschooling an unschooling?
Date: November 10, 2008 at 11:32 am PST

In Reply to: difference between relaxed homeschooling an unschooling? posted by Patti on October 8, 2008 at 6:14 am:

My experience with unschooling is that it means letting the kids choose what they want to do each day.It may be just playing games or watching tv.I would leave out new stuff to discover/learn from(videos,new games,cool magazines etc).My now 20yo loved unschooling and it worked for him.He spent most of his time in HS drawing/watching anime and researching stuff.He had lots of interests and kept himself busy and always learning.
However, unschooling did not work with my 15yo.He has mild autism and OCD.He needs some guidance because he just cant get himself started and doesnt like anything new.So I do the relaxed homeschooling with him and his 7yo bro(7yo does it because he likes structure and I dont want to single out the 15yo)..We have daily plans that amount to just 1hr of table work(math,writing,etc.)We do science and history using fun stuff like videos,read alouds,nature walks and projects.
We sometimes skip doing the table stuff and just watch a video or play a board game like Settlers of Catan or Risk(two of my 15yo's favorites).
Anyway that is just my personal experience with unschooling and relaxed homeschooling.

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