Have any of you/your teens read the Teenage Liberation Handbook? Has this helped with unschooling?
My oldest was in school through 5th grade. She was extremeley shy and had anxiety issues but being gifted was therefore the teachers favorite student- gets A's, is quiet and make those STAR tests look good - UGH!
We started homeschooling 6th grade thru now finishing 8th grade. However, I was not clued into unschooling when we started, so we kicked off with a virual school. She was looking for lots of hands on mom time - when I expected her to take off since she was not needing to stay with the class and could go as fast as she wanted - but of course it was still boring school formatted stuff.
We switched after the 1st semester to do out own thing but life has been crazy and up & down ( losing jobs, house, trying to manage life with major depression, son getting epilepsy,moving in with mil, etc.)
She is now contemplating wanting to go back to school for high school - i think more for social but also fears of we have not really solidly seen a. academic path from A to Z over the last few years whic makes her worry.
I am afraid she will hate life again back in school so trying to figure out a way to get her to 'free her mind' on what she can do for 'school' and explore all she is interested in and be successful and taking personal responsibility with it. I think there is fear if she is not handed a lesson with assignment and homework packet she is not learning and does not see herself able to do it. But when I give her that we again have attitudes, resistance, lack of enthusiasm, etc.
I got her the handbook and am hoping this helps. In the meanwhile have instructed the kids that this is a month of Swimming, Signing, and Serving. Gave them a list of the ONLY academic things they can do this month:
Doodling Book ( she loves art)
The Teenage Liberation Handbook
Omnivore's Dilemma ( reading together for part of home econ / baking/etc.)
IQ Gym ( fun book of mental puzzles, etc.)
Creative Stuff ( another such book of hands on stuff)
Sign Language Book and Flash Cards ( both kids are very enthusiastic about learning)
Any other ideas to try with her? Note: I also asked in the unschooling group too. Thanks!!! =) Tanza