blogs are so self absorbed! and now lets talk about ME!

I filled out this questionnaire for a new local unschooling list I joined. I thought I’d post it here too…just in case anyone is interested in getting to know us better. anyone?

this may be difficult since there are more words than pictures. I promise to get back to my usual quick, minimal text posts after this…maybe.

Parents’ names: zoe (33) and jason (38)

Parents’ passions: WoW right now…I also do portraiture photography, a little knitting and love to go on adventures with the kids. I bought a tiny vintage trailer and the kids and I are working through the hiking trails in a book I bought “Best Hikes in Oregon With Kids”

Kid’s names & ages: Isaac (7) Xander (5) Simon (almost 2)

Kid’s passions: Isaac loves Transformers and video games. Xander loves cooking, eating and everything Isaac is into. Simon loves to nurse and tear up the house and whatever his older brothers are doing.

How long have you been unschooling and why did you choose unschooling?

pretty much all along.

We started into parenting without a clue and our first born has dictated everything we do. From the first days when he let us know a separate nursery was not going to do, and we sold the crib and did family bed, to the trial of montessori preschool when Isaac said he never wanted to go to school. He just wanted to be with us.

I got into a bit of a panic trying to figure out the alternative to school. We tried a short stint of the online charter school and it was a joke. A major waste of time doing dumb stuff.

I read quite a few books starting with thomas Jefferson education…”get off the conveyor belt of education.” This was a good start but still too controlling in my opinion. read some charlotte mason…very organic, which I love, but still taking something so natural and complicating the hell out of it.

Have you read these books? It’s like four sets of bibles. Then I read some John Holt that was taking me home…but I really loved Dumbing us Down by John Taylor Gatto and Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and get a real life and education by Grace Llewellyn.

After reading these things I found out there was a thing called “unschooling” …I said yes! this is something we can do. It just means doing what we have always done and change nothing. love that! I was so excited to learn about this I wanted to liberate everyone with my new found knowledge.

the backlash was not good:( I quickly decided I’m not on a crusade to change people’s minds. I am just grateful every day for the closeness and joy we experience as a family every day. How lucky we are!

Isaac could have been a completely different personality and set the stage for a traditional school life and we’d never know the alternative. Thank God!

Favorite PDX activity? parks, hiking, eating out, fountains, plays, ballet

Fav PDX restaurant? I love thai food and lots of places will do. but I’m good for just about anywhere.

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