Howdy, all! We've been hs'ing for a few years, but we have finally gotten up the nerve to unschool! My kiddos attended ps through 6th and 3rd grades. As ps goes, they were great students. Straight A's, no discipline problems, but the whole system caused my head to spin. Just the fact that my parental rights were put on hold for the 7 hours my kids were in the "institution" was enough for me! Our first hs year, we tried to replicate school at home, and nearly gave up. We became more relaxed the next year, but we still followed a curriculum. This year, my dd 13 (who is registered with our umbrella school as a 10th grader) broke down. She was trying to learn algebra, and she was in tears. That's when I realized something. She wasn't failing algebra because she wasn't able to do the work. She was failing algebra because she hates it. She is a talented artist, reads constantly, and is teaching herself Latin. My ds 11, on the other hand, loves math! He asked me yesterday if he could try algebra. I told him to go for it! So, for the first time, the curriculum is going on Craigs List, and we are going to start exploring! I'm excited, but scared to death! Any tips ya'll have would be welcome!
Mom of Laura-my 13 going on 30 angel, and 11 year old Nathan, the happiest kid in the world who happens to have Asperger's.