Friday, January 9, 2015

And They Take Flight {More On Unschooling}

It's been way too long since I posted about unschooling, but really, nothing new was happening and I didn't have anything new to share................ then this happened. 



I found her here, surrounded by many of the books I've collected over the years, books just waiting to be opened and enjoyed. This is why we unschool. We patiently, and actively wait, making sure that the tools for growth are at the disposal of our children, and we pray and wait for something to take root and sprout, all the while biting our lip and praying that all those parents that have unschooled before us are right. We're not messing our child up, he/she will eventually start to study because, get this, they want to. They desire to learn. That's our fear. That's the big one and then, then to my surprise, it happened.............. she's desiring to fly. 



After tears of joy, shed in my office {aka- the bathroom}, I got down on my knees and thanked God for giving me the strength to keep going in His name, and trust that the seeds would sprout at exactly the right time. YES!




If you've chosen to unschool, keep plodding away, and actively wait, all the while, surrounding your children with the tools they'll need for growth, until one day, when you've almost lost hope, they'll take off all on their own. And Rejoice.

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10 comments:

  1. Thank you...I needed this encouragement this morning. This is the first year of homeschooling for us.....my daughter is in 9th grade and my son is in 6th grade. They are both enrolled in different programs.......online charter school for my daughter and with my son we are definitely in the category of unschoolin. Just this morning I was asking the Lord if this was still his desire for my two kiddos. I think after traveling for as long as we did and then returning home with both kids not feeling well.....we haven't gotten back into a schedule. I was feeling discouraged with myself and our "program." The "lies" started creeping in......and after reading your post I feel hopeful:)
    May I ask for any suggestions you have for unschooling....if you don't mind sharing??
    xoxo

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    1. Jen, we've homeschooled for 16 years but only waded into unschooling for the past couple of years. Probably my biggest advice to a homeschooling family would be to relax. There are 365 potential school days in any year and you're only required to 'teach' for 180. We school year round making it really easy to slow it all down. If the kids are a little off, we switch it up to game days or hikes until they get back on track- no pressure, there's plenty of days in any given year. I really hope you're going to write about your trip- I'm so jealous!

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  2. Yes, we need to "patiently and actively wait". Thank you. My first two took off with their interests around age 8, pretty early. The next in line is age 10. I am waiting.

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  3. I meant to tell you that I'm rejoicing with you.

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    1. Thank you! And you keep waiting- God's timing for our children is perfect it's our time as the waiting {and naturally worrisome} parents that can be skewed. Unschooling is the toughest thing I've ever done as a parent, but it is also the thing that requires the most faith in God. You and I will wait together!

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    2. So nice to know that I'm not alone. Finally!

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  4. Wahoo! Isn't it great when you see them engaged and doing it all on their own. What a glorious moment. Keep up the work! You are doing a great job lady!!

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  5. I had to have my husband read this post. He was also encouraged and liked the term "actively wait".

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    1. Husbands can be a hard sale when homeschooling, I think they are just more in the world than we are and don't see the little moments that matter so much during each and every day. They're surrounded by so many brick and mortar schooled parents and that would be crazy hard not to compare what they see at home to ALL the stories of other moms and dads they encounter everyday. With God, it will all work out!

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  6. How Awesome for you guys finally!!! ♥ And you're cracking me up with the "office" talk....Mine is also my prayer closet...!

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