Rhoda - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
My husband is unsure about unschooling. He thinks that we don't do anything at all...and that our kids need more structure in order to survive in this world. I lost my confidence for awhile because of his complaints and tried to develop a more structured, curriculum based 'learning' time. My kids thought it was great fun at first, but then soon lost interest and I found myself yelling at them to get them to do 'school'. I have since chucked the whole idea of structured homeschooling (although, I must say it works fine for some families...at least on the surface). I find that we have much more fun together as a family, my kids learn more, and are more interested in learning the unschooled way. How many mothers can say thier kids wake them up in the morning in order to learn more math...and the mother has to make sure they've made their beds first and their room is clean? However, I am struggling to return to the interest level that they had BEFORE we went structured. It seems, even though it was just a few months of it, they were deeply affected by the demands of a curriculum. I was discouraged as well and I am just wondering if there are other mothers out there whose husbands disagree with thier homeschooling method... My children's education has not suffered much...my 1st and 2nd graders are reading at almost a 5th grade level and beginning 3rd grade math. My preschoolers are starting to read and write words (other than their name). How can I convince him that this method is going to work?