Family Matters Unschooling

Unschooling is Homeschooling

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  1. Willena Flewelling

    Kathryn, I don’t suppose you’ll see this, so long after you wrote your comments, but…

    As another mom of a large, homeschooled family, let me say this. Only two of our seven children got a high school diploma. And yet, two of our daughters are nursing assistants at a local long-term care facility; a third daughter does massage therapy, and has done a stint as a short-term missionary to Japan; one of our sons was in his final year of computer sciences at Athabasca University (he did NOT have a high school diploma); two of our sons have spent a year in Bible college and are gainfully employed as finishing carpenters in home construction; and our youngest son is still at home.

    The thing is, if our children are homeschooled, they have full freedom to pursue the things that interest them, and they have plenty of time to determine whether they will even NEED a high school diploma in order to succeed in their area of choice. Nicole sounds to me like she knows her children, and how to direct them where needed, and how to back off when they are following what they want to do and are able to do.

  2. Kathryn Reynolds

    I thought the point of your blog was to help educate. I asked some pretty straight forward questions about unschooling that I am still curious about. I really would like to understand your take on it.

  3. cindy keplinger

    My daughter is in her last year of homeschooling and I will be ordering her diploma through hsld.Filled out appropriately and specific to our homeschool. You can also make your own diploma.

  4. Kathryn Reynolds

    I am confused….so your oldest “graduated” but didn’t want a GED? What does “graduated” mean then? And your next two don’t want a GED either? None of this makes much sense to me. And I have seen “unschooling” successes. It takes a lot of work and a lot of devotion. Why would they not want something that opens a world of opportunity for them? Why do you as a parent not desire that for them as well?

  5. BlessedLittleHomestead

    There are several organizations you can get diplomas through and GEDs are acceptable. Most colleges now are familiar enough to Homeschooling it’s something they work with. But Jacob is our only graduated child and he said he didn’t want one, I know Quinten won’t either. Abigail is 14 and hasn’t stated a desire for one. Issac might want to go to college but is undecided.

  6. BlessedLittleHomestead

    I’m sad to hear about your son, I’m glad he found his path tho.

  7. Linda Howard

    I guess you could say my son was partially unschooled. He never really ‘fit’ into a regular school. Public, private, and home school, we tried them all. He had ADHD and learning disabilities, especially in math and school was pure torture for him. At age 15 I gave up. Told the school we were going back to homeschooling and just let him ‘chill’. The schools, nor I were ever able to teach him how to count money or tell time the traditional way. Both were forms of math and literally freaked him out. He would chew his fingernails to the quick. After leaving school and doing little odd jobs that he enjoyed doing and making his own money , he taught himself to both count money and tell time, and even, lo and behold, how to add and subtract in his head. He learned much, much more after we started unschooling than he ever did in a formal, forced setting. I’m all for whatever works. We lost him at age 26 to a ‘hidden’ congenital heart defect.. At the time of his death he had jobs that he enjoyed and was good at, he drove a tractor mowing the right of ways of roadways and he broke and trained horses, which was his real passion. One of my greatest regrets is that we did not unschool him from the very beginning.

  8. Jamie

    What do you do about high school? Do your kids get a GED or what? This is my first year I say home schooling but she’s doing an online high school that will give her a diploma at the end.

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