Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Students Perspective: My Unschooling Experience

 I am a born unschooler; my parents decided to unschool me before I was even born! They found a book by John Holt, and resonated with his theory on how children learned things. As long as I can remember, my mom has been sending me to classes I was at least a little bit interested in. I was a very curious and creative child; I wanted to know everything, and know how to do everything!


My parents didn’t worry about me academically; they knew that I would learn the things I needed to learn, when I needed to learn them. For example: When I was nine, I was in a musical called Thoroughly Modern Millie, and I needed to learn how to read my lines in order to be able to sing along. So, I learned how to read. It was so long ago, that I don’t remember how I learned to read. What I do remember, is that I had fun learning, and that’s what unschooling is all about. Unschoolers learn at different ages, and at different paces. For instance: my brother learned how to read when he was five, and it was because he really like RPG games, and as a result: he learned how to read!

I had really struggled to learn anything beyond adding and subtracting; I’m more of a visual person, I prefer pictures over words. My mom sent me to all kinds of math classes. I had some fun in the classes, because I loved puzzles. I wasn’t able to learn standard math skills like multiplying and finding x, those skills wouldn’t stick to my brain, no matter how hard I tried. But, it turned out that I was just not ready to learn those things yet. When I turned fifteen, all of the sudden, I started to really want to learn math; I felt that I was very behind after shadowing one of my friends at school, and I felt the need to catch up. It was like I got a spell put on me. I was learning math at a rapid speed. Well, actually, it would be better defined as a train experience. I got on to the train, and then the train started moving slowly at first, and then started moving faster, but then I moved too fast, I hit a bump, and my train fell apart. I got tired of drilling math problems. I took a seven month vacation from math. I came back from my metaphorical hospital, and I got onto another train, but this one was a baby bullet train, because I already knew most of my math, and I only needed to polish up, and learn the final things. At this moment, I’m very near the end of the line; I only have one more week of drilling, and then I’ll be adequate and college ready!

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Thanks for reading!  ~Veronica 


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  2. Well! Veronica has a written a fabulous post on school family as parents and garden need to learn from it. Sometimes parents do not understand the kid’ mind in subject or field, he/she likes or not they just decide our child will become an engineer, doctor and many more… In early education they get them an admission in school, but try to understand their mind so that they can complete life experience degrees accredited in his/her chose faculty so that he/she can grooms in minimum time without any problem.

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  3. All of these student perspectives you talk about tin this post it’s really amazing for me because I am a professional researcher and I offer Assignment Writing Service as well as my hobby is to do research on real stories to find some learning points and this one is very emotional and eye-catching post for me about unschooling experience.

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