WoW as soon as we begin our unschooling journey an upheaval of negativity arises within our society! Im not going to go into all of the Good Morning America hoopla but will point you to some of the other unschooling mama's that have done a marvelous job of defending and expressing their own thoughts..
You can read Tara's post The Uproar Over Unschooling, Heather's post Unschooling Stephanopoulos: Good Morning America Fail, Child's Play Unschooling on GMA and lastly Lee Stranahan's Unschooling: How Good Morning America got it all wrong.
We have actually been in the process of "deschooling" more than unschooling and yet the benefits to my family have been, ENORMOUS already!
My children all of the sudden (now that I am not MAKING them learn things that "I" want them to learn) have started becoming more curious creatures asking all kinds of questions!!
I had not realized that these questions had stopped until now, you know the questions I'm speaking of...why is the sky blue, why did God make wasps,
how can spiders jump and the list goes on and on and on!
I want to share a neat little "gift" in our unschooling journey with you.. we have a nest at our house that we noticed about a month ago.
This was our extent of learning/observing about this until a few days ago when walking through a bookstore my son asks me if we can find a book about "our" birds. WoW this totally surprised me so I go in search for field guides and we sit and read about the house finches (yes we have a male and female) that have made our house their home. I was THRILLED with this opportunity that I honestly don't think would have come had we still been homeschooling him!
We have been spending time sitting outside near the nest and our lovely finches have become comfortable enough with us to fly up and sit on their nest.. (both male and female have been taking turns) and guess what... the eggs hatched yesterday afternoon!!! We have baby birdies!!
I am loving the journey! I feel that through unschooling not only are my kiddos actually learning more but I have SEEN who my children really are as individuals and I feel that this week has brought us closer together as a family, not sure why but I am definitely enjoying that extra blessing!