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    A quick update (just humour me for a minute while I pretend this is still my thread !)

    I went and did reading groups with DD's class this morning. They basically have 2 classes of 18 kids each, and they open up the wall between the classrooms. Then they divide the class into 6 groups of 6 kids, and each group does a different activity. Then they swap after 20 mins. There are 2 parent helpers, so 4 of the 6 groups are supported by an adult.

    The environment was positive, encouraging and thoroughly supportive. I was totally impressed with the whole setup. DD seemed interested and happy. She wasn't distracted by the large group of kids, but she didn't want to change activities after 20 mins. Then she missed her snack because she wanted to finish the second activity.

    I actually like the idea of the homeschooling approach, but today I saw the kids collaborating, helping each other, solving problems together and I'm not confident that I could provide that opportunity at home.

    The class parent sent around a note today and is organising a class play date for Saturday, so we'll go to that. The first appointment with the psych is tomorrow (just with me) and then Thursday with DD. So the wheels are in motion. I'm cautiously optimistic and feeling a lot better after seeing the class environment today.

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    that sounds very posative.

    perhaps as a compromise from homeschooling - can you attend and be the parent helper more often, so as to keep an close eye on things and to be there if things start to go awry. Kind of an 'inbetween'.

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    Good to hear Cdro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unschooling4 View Post
    Currently im a sahm. I have been a cleaner and kitchen hand and also worked in daycare. Why?.
    Just because I'm curious, did you go to mains.tream school yourself? How was your experience there? Did you go on to do any additional study?

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    @Unschooling4 I'm also curious to know what a typical day looks like in your life. Just a normal "school" day per se. How do you structure your children's day?

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    Default engineering

    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    No I didn't miss the start of the conversation and I stand by my comments.

    A child does not have the skills to assess their knowledge and understanding of subject content. They cannot ascertain their own knowledge gaps in an area.

    A 16/17 year old investigating university options would become aware of their own limitations but leaving it that late means they will need to undertake significant amounts of catchup work requiring huge amounts of motivation and discipline.

    FWIW I did advanced maths and science subjects at school and maths at a university level. I have a son studying engineering at university and a daughter studying advanced maths and science at a senior level, and another daughter in the extension classes in a younger grade. I also have a special needs child. I am very familiar with current subject content and the amount of catchup work a child whose exposure to maths was through play. Measuring a fish tank is a good practical way to understand volume of 3D objects and measuring cups of sugar and flour while cooking is a practical application of fractions but neither will give a child a foundation for subjects required to get a child into university level maths.
    I am talking about a child with a passion for engineering. Unschooling is all about following passion. Unschoolers do proper courses on their passions. Not just playing like a 7 year old.

    I guess if the child had no passion for engineering it would be a major struggle. But then, why become an engineer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    Can I ask, if you are big on child led learning, why not look into Montessori schools?
    Not sure if you were talking to me, but there are no Montessori schools nearby. There is a Steiner school 1 &1/2 hours away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unschooling4 View Post
    Currently im a sahm. I have been a cleaner and kitchen hand and also worked in daycare. Why?.
    Because you feel like school 'isn't the real world' so I was wondering what you have done in your life to come to that conclusion, that waking up whenever you like and deciding to just do what you desire for the day is real life. What does your husband do?

    I'm also curious to know you or your husband's education back ground and why you feel so confident in being able to teach your children through high school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Is Coming View Post
    I am talking about a child with a passion for engineering. Unschooling is all about following passion. Unschoolers do proper courses on their passions. Not just playing like a 7 year old.

    I guess if the child had no passion for engineering it would be a major struggle. But then, why become an engineer?
    Could be wrong but I'm assuming people are wondering how an unschooled child whose education is child-led becomes interested in engineering when they've not been exposed to it before due to having no interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Is Coming View Post
    Not sure if you were talking to me, but there are no Montessori schools nearby. There is a Steiner school 1 &1/2 hours away.
    I was asking anyone that is interested in that type of learning. ☺ not sure if my impression of it not being as popular in Australia as in the states and Europe is true. We currently live in London and Ds1 goes to one and I have been wondering how easy it is to come across when we return.


 

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