Why does homeschooling have to be "C. Mason" or "classical" or "unschooling" to the exclusion of all others? Why can't each approach be an arrow in a full quiver, to be used at the appropriate time for the appropriate target? Submitted respectfully and in Grace, Arby
You are so right,Arby! All of these labels tend to divide us as a homeschooling community. Of course, when I experienced this, that didn't occur to me. :o) I was simply struggling with how to effectively homeschool two children with a baby in the house and still meet the requirements of my district!
I don't know how you feel about blog awards so don't feel like you have to respond, but I nominated you for one since I enjoy reading you so much. Here's a link: http://lostpersonshomeschool.blogspot.com/2010/09/who-me.html. Thanks for being an amazing artist & writer!
What jess says in the last box: that's what I like about you! You fit the method to the moment. Sounds good to me. Love, Mom
You are right about the different methods of homeschool and how they divide the homeschool community (referring to your comments above). I am blessed with a group of people who all homeschool differently and support each others' methods. I think it's terrible when homeschoolers shun others who don't do what they do. We've experienced shunning because we read about fairy tale creatures, and we still enjoy Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. You would have thought that we were criminals. Thanks for your comics. I love them!
I just go with eclectic, rather than try to figure out what we are this week, LOL. I gave up on any idea of calling myself an unschooler when someone told me that keeping my kid from eating foods he might have an anaphylactic reaction to meant that I was "too restrictive" and "not a respectful parent" and couldn't really be an unschooler... So, I'll stick with eclectic, since we really do pull a little from this method, a little from that... and there's no checklist or rules or secret handshake... I love a lot about unschooling, and it is one of the tools in my bag o' tricks, but some of the people who think they are the gate guardians for "the real deal" or the "one right way" bug me (and, of course, I am ***not*** talking about you!)
Chele: LOL, I knew who you were talking about. :o) I think it's funny that there rules for being a good unschooler. It reminds me of a really good Cathy cartoon the other day, where her old friend Andrea shows up again and Andrea is going to be a grandmother. She spent her life trying to open doorways for women to have choices and now her daughter's choice is to be a stay-at-home mom. It's funny. I don't think the women's rights movement considered that some women might choose to stay at home. :o)
Today I introduced myself as a Charlotte Mason/unschooly/eclectic. That got some nice looks. Next time, going with "eclectic."
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