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From: Shandy (
Subject:         Re: low income unschooling
Date: February 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm PST

In Reply to: low income unschooling posted by melissa on January 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm:

Hi Melissa,
I understand your concern about unschooling with a limited income. I am a single mother who unschooled all four of my kids.

One of the great things about unschooling is it doesn’t require a lot of money. There are loads of things you can do to help your child learn that are free or nearly free. Local libraries are good for access to books, DVDs CDs and reference materials. Park programs usually have free or low cost classes and sports programs. Attending political speeches and art/music festivals are free and great ways to have fun while learning. I would suggest you see if there are other unschoolers in your area. Sometimes they get together for activities and having support for what you do is always helpful.
Since your son is so young you can give him some coloring sheets and crayons/colored pencils and let him have a good time scribbling and drawing and just coloring. Read,read,read! Read to him every chance you get. Read books, labels, newspapers signs in the store. Expose him to a variety of languages with CDs, DVDs and radio. There are free online radio and tv stations from all over the world. You can also highlight a color for lunch. Pick a color and prepare several foods that are of that color. (even if you have to add food coloring)Talk about the color and spend the next several days noticing that color wherever you go. Count fingers and toes (in more than one language) and talk to him about anything interesting going on. You may think he has no idea what you are talking about but it will expose him to language, conversation and help develop listening skills.
I commend you for seeking information on unschooling.I wish you and your son a happy and successful unschooling journey.

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