Interested in Unschooling, but don't fully understand
I have been homeshooling my oldest since kindergarten and he is now in 3rd grade (8). My middle son is 6 and I have had a much slower start on his schooling than with my older one. I have a 2yo, but not worried about her right now. My issue is that my oldest HATES doing school. The attitude has rubbed off on my middle son. I had great intentions of making school fun and teaching them to love learning, etc, etc. But it has become doing some workbooks, a computer program for science and spanish, and we do Right Start Math together (not more than once or twice a week, though). I am doing Learn to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with my middle son, and my oldest is a great reader. Sitting down and "doing school" is a battle, though. I like the theory of unschooling, but the last three weeks we haven't done anything because of holidays and illness. I also wanted to just see what would happen if I left them to do what they wanted. My dh has a very traditional schooling kind of philosophy, but he doesn't see a lot of what goes on when he's at work, and he really has no interest in helping with any of it. When I express my frustrations with the kids' attitudes he simply offers to put them in school which is a big NO for me. What I want to know is what does a typical unschooling household look like? Do you plan things for your kids to do and learn? How do you make sure they're learning? I really need some guidance on how to start this and get my kids excited about learning again.