Trailer Park Unschoolers

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Where Are All The Unschoolers?

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I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately.  One thing I’ve noticed?  There’s not a lot of unschooling blogs out there, at least not ones that are tagged with “unschooling” or “unschool”.  It makes me feel like I’m a bit alone in the world.

Then there’s all the blogs I see from other homeschooling families.  Most of the blogs I’ve come across are from parents with younger kids, a lot of them preschool age or elementary age.  I’m starting to feel like a lot of families drop off once their kids get older, or at least stop blogging about it.  It’s starting to feel, once again, like I’m an island.  Even fewer are the families that sent their kids to school for a while, then brought them back home.

I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the amount of time it takes to homeschool kids.  As I’m finding out, just having three at home means a lot more work than it used to.  It would be different if we weren’t trying to keep up to state standards.  We would do a lot more of what we did in Texas, playing and having fun.  I can imagine moms that do traditional homeschooling have to dedicate a lot of their day to it, especially if they’ve got a small hoard of minions looking up to them as I do.  It’s going to be even more work when I’ve got a high schooler to add to the midst.

And unschooling families are generally on the go, too busy exploring the world to stop and blog, I guess.  I know I used to have a lot of time when we were unschooling before.  Even now, I’m finding I still have a decent amount of time, even with the kids doing more traditional work as a background for it all.  Thankfully they mostly like the traditional work, so that helps. (You should see Luca when “It’s time to Explode the Code!”  Then there’s an explosion sound, complete with hand gestures.)  Still, it feels like there should be a lot more out there.  Maybe they’re just not writing about it?

Still, even as an island I feel like we’ve kind of got a duty to the world as ambassadors for unschooling, even if we’re not perfectly unschooling.  I feel like the world needs to know what it’s about and what we’re up to, if for no other reason than helping people understand that unschooling isn’t just a bunch of people who let their kids do whatever they want and raise children that aren’t capable of functioning in the world.  I can’t say as we’re “doing it right”.  We’re certainly not the radical unschoolers that we used to be, but I hope to get back there someday.

In some ways, I feel like not having a huge community of unschooler blogs makes us stand out in a way.  There aren’t many of us, but maybe I can inspire someone to write about their journey.  Maybe I have something valuable to contribute through showing the world just what we do.  Plus, this can stand as documentation of exactly what we do every week.

So, some day we’re going to join the ranks of radical unschoolers again.  Hopefully by then we can make contacts with other radical unschoolers.  Through it all, I hope that we can maintain our blog and keep showing people just how it’s done in our house.  And maybe, just maybe, we can connect with some more unschoolers through blogs.  I guess we’ll have to see as time rolls on.

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Author: Fox

With four kids in the house, who has time for much? Well, we're trying to make it work, trying to get as close to our unschooling roots as we can while state restrictions and family pressures try to stand in our way. Every day is a new adventure.

10 thoughts on “Where Are All The Unschoolers?

  1. We’re unschoolers too, though my oldest is only 10.5, so we still fit in the younger age. I don’t tend to follow too many ‘unschool’ blogs anymore – that time you mentioned gets eaten away too quickly – but there are several out there. I know a big part of why it seems they disappear is after a while labelling unschooling means you label every. single. thing. you do. It seems a little redundant and tedious after a while. So they continue to blog, but label less and less. And sometimes blog less and less.

    • I kind of feel like what we do gets redundant at times too, but I try to keep it varied. Even I dropped off for a while there. That’s a common blogger problem, I’ve noticed. A lot of them last a year or two then fall away.

  2. This is our first year homeschooling so at the beginning of the year I played it safe by sticking to a hard curriculum. Four months in I realized that we don’t have to do that. I wouldn’t say we are “unschoolers” but we definitely have eased off the hard and set curriculum style. I can see the kids are way happier with our current pace. Each day they do need to learn their basics because otherwise they would sit on the couch and play games all day. But I make it a point to get them out and explore. I have two elementary kids and one middle schooler. I never tag my blog as an unschooler because we’re a mix of the two I guess lol.

    • That’s where I’m at right now because we have to conform to state standards. Before that we never cared much. Knowledge and learning came naturally to my kids. I think we’re leaning more towards unschooling by the day though.

      • It will fall into place. Things will work out just fine. It can be hard to gauge if youre on the right track when you can’t see what other are doing and gain support. But just keep going!

      • It’s also hard to know what you’re doing is right when you can’t see the outcome. It’s one of the reasons I want to blog, to give other people a place to connect and to educate people who may not know what unschooling is. It’s my small contribution. Also, it keeps me sane.

      • True. Which is why I chose to pick up this blog I started seven years ago. I started it not knowing what to do with it. Once I started homeschooling I felt like maybe I could pick it up and help other people who are considering homeschool. Your blog has helped me and let me know that I’m not alone with my homeschool triumphs and fears. I hope to offer the same. As long as you have your children’s best interest at heart they’ll be OK! Think of all the people who’ve come before us and even before the blogging days!

      • Well, welcome back to blogging! I’m glad I was able to help you out. I think that’s what it’s really about, making connections to other families, no matter how far they live. It’s building an awesome community.

  3. We unschool. I don’t blog about it much though. 🙂

    • It’s good to know there are others out there. Even if you don’t blog about it much, it feels less like I’m an island knowing there are others out there.

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