In the last few days with this dust up over unschooling there have been all sorts of posts written for and against. I would like to point out that this type of unschooling is the extreme side of homeschooling but a VALID form of educating your child. Here is a wonderful family story of a certified teacher turned unschooler, Why I Unschooled My Three Kids Also a well written post came out (with lively debate) from Spunky Homeschooler Should Unschooling be Illegal? , and Parent at the Helm Unschooling UNEDITED
This has sparked a conversation on FaceBook and on my original post about whether or not unschooling is the right choice for a special needs child. I really think it all boils down to homeschooling is so incredibly individual that there is not a yes, or no answer. If it works for your family right now, use it! That may change several months from now or not.
The key is to know your child. If they crave structure than give it to them. If they need time to cool off after being in the pressure cooker of public school than relax and give them time. Learning will happen in a home where there is a wide variety of learning material available. Hands on projects are not off limits. Field trips are the norm.
I would ask my unschooling friends a couple of questions. How do you handle a pediatrician that ask what are your learning, or other educationally nosey questions? If you need to go to the hospital how have you handled that? I ask this because I often talk to families that are just looking into homeschooling and I would like to give them information about all types of homeschooling.
Thank you my friends! I look forward to your comments!