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a unschooling's families worst nightmare

I am starting to slowly understand why people have curriculum's. Which is a unschooling families worst nightmare.

The first year of unschooling was the best, my son got a hold of every book about Astronomy out there for his age level. Now we have a bit of a problem. He is only 7 and wants to learn more, but all the books that are left are for teens in reading /comprehension level. 

I got him a facts book that was on his level, and he keeps asking me Why this , how does that work, when do they do this... and I have no clue. 
I am not the best teacher for elementary (but highschool watch out!) or I would just learn it myself then teach him.

I just don't know what to do. I am about to say ... "unschooling didn't work for us" and use a curriculum from now on with the other subjects ,so the teachers guide will show me what to say and how to teach. HELP! 

by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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shoeshoegirl12
by Welcome Squad on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

How do I do that... teach him how to teach himself? And what do you mean " You are the guide to him discovering the world"?


Quoting HistoryMamaX3:

In our house we live by the theory that if they are old enough to ask the question, then they are old enough to have an answer.

How do you think a curriculum would help this problem? Are you looking for an elementary level of the basics so you have the answers? The biggest (and most important piece) to unschooling is to teach kids to discover the answers for themselves! Your job is not to have the answers for him already... it is to help him learn how to discover them for himself. You are not the teacher, he is the teacher. You are his guide to discovering the world.



rsrangel
by Helping Hands on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM
We love Google at our house! It always has the best answers to my kids curious questions. :).
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shoeshoegirl12
by Welcome Squad on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

You see I can't google very well. And if the kids are suppose to be doing it on their own, some sites aren't total accurate. OR not to forget porn or other gross stuff!!!! What do you do about that? What are some other ways they can learn on their own other then books or Internet?


Quoting rsrangel:

We love Google at our house! It always has the best answers to my kids curious questions. :).



MyVavies
by Welcome Squad on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM

As soon as my kids were able to comprehend how to ask for something, (around age 4) I had them ordering pizzas on the phone, paying for groceries with my money at the store, and other odd things with me right there with them. To help them learn how to ask for things.

How did we do that...(The first step was to have them write down what they where going to say, and what kind of questions do they think will be asked and how they are going to answer them. As they got older and more skilled, we slowly took the paper away ,and had it more improve. Next, I would be in the room but doing something else pretending not to listen. Then, the next step is they did it on their own .)

This was helpful for them to ask people questions, which is another way other then books and Internet for them to learn on their own. Remember... you are not the only person with answers...a vet can have answers for animal questions, a Farmer can have answers for food question. The only thing I worried about is if they are bothering people with lots of questions because in this big bad world, time is money! Now if anyone had an idea on how to handle that problem, I would give them one- million imaginary dollars to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Quoting shoeshoegirl12:

You see I can't google very well. And if the kids are suppose to be doing it on their own, some sites aren't total accurate. OR not to forget porn or other gross stuff!!!! What do you do about that? What are some other ways they can learn on their own other then books or Internet?


Quoting rsrangel:

We love Google at our house! It always has the best answers to my kids curious questions. :).





TinasTribe
by Helping Hands on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

NetFlixs is your friend! 

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