I was talking to a friend of mine and she asked me what kind of method we use. I told her we were somewhere between eclectic and unshooling. I have always been hesitant calling ourselves unschoolers. We use curriculum and co-op classes but it is all child led. We don't use anything my kids don't love doing. If they want to do things differently they just have to tell me. She said following an unschooling approach is easy because my kids are curious. They are curious about everything. I am of the opinion all kids are curious. All kids really need is freedom for their curiosity. Do you think some kids are easier to unschool than others? I actually run a local co-op and teach classes quite a bit. I see a lot of curiosity from all age groups. Some of the kids that are new and have been in public school for awhile I can see a big difference in their curiosity levels. I know some other methods produce curious children. I think though the methods that produce more curious children have a lot more freedom. I remember losing my curiosity in elementary and regaining it in high school and college. I have to admit though I never fully regained my curiosity until I began homeschooling. I find myself reading books on science just for the fun of it. I am also curious how unschooling has affected your own curiosity?
On a little side note my son has inspired me to create a new class for my co-op. I was watching him just playing with Math and got me thinking on how to encourage other kids to have fun with math. I hear a lot of new homeschool moms complain about how hard math class is for their kids. So I am designing a class called creative math. We will be using non tradational methods to learn about Math. We will using k'nex, art, oragami and host of other ways to just have fun and play with math. My son has already pulled a few projects out the books and loves them. I just had to share. I found some very awesome books that I love.
Hope everyone is having a great week!