homschooler/sort of unschooler with some questions on practical application
I home school my 5 yr old (entirely at his lead, I have never pushed anything he doesn't want to do...even at his age, he is very very into learning and "ahead" of most in his age group, and we're not super structured) we do a lot of unschooling type stuff, but I have some practical application type questions. I know the whys and concepts and ideas, but I need the specifics of how to.
I have been learning to get away from the typical homeschooling -bring the classroom to the home table- type concept/method, and as someone who grew up in public schools, that's difficult sometimes...but I don't want to just create a "school" environment at home, and beyond that I don't want even that method/type of education....but I am not really sure HOW to avoid that pitfall. I don't like the public school model of education, even in how/what they teach, but I don't really know how to NOT do that, does that make sense? He likes to do workbooks, so we do some of those, but I don't just want to sit at the table and do workbooks for school.....I let him do what he likes, which includes work books, but I know he wants and needs a lot more than that. He reads at a typical 1st grade level (asked me to teach him to read and got to that point in about 3-4 weeks), does 1st grade math (we play the Sum Swamp board game a lot, and I have a lot of fun math games/learning concepts that we do that are very hands on). He is a kinesthetic learner, very hands on, visual oriented learner. I want to instill a love of learning, and not the typical school attitude, but I have no idea how to do that...or if I have done it/am doing it already even.