Monday, December 6, 2010

Transitioning into the Big Kid Years


Let’s face it. Very few of us are completely untouched by public opinion, whether it’s barely beneath the surface or just an occasional niggling feeling. Even the most die-hard unschooler must wonder at some point: Are we on the right track? Am I doing enough?

If your students are under 11 or 12, keep relaxing. Please, oh please, enjoy these days. Snuggle together reading, spend hours doing crafts, take long walks and bend down to examine every insect. Bake a cake and call it science. Go to a museum and call it history. Go grocery shopping and call it math.

I have now graduated one student, who is in his first year of college, and I can say with assurance: I do not regret one single day that we spent decorating cookies instead of doing a math worksheet.

But the time does come to transition. … {Want to find out more? I'm a contributor at Simple Homeschool today. Come on over to Simple Homeschool to read the rest of the post!}


  1. Great article. I'm usually doubting my leniency. It's so helpful to hear from someone who's kid has successfully graduated and was allowed to have some fun too.

  2. Loved this article on Simple Homeschool so I popped over to your Small World too! I'm your newest follower and I look forward to more of your thoughts!
    Merry Christmas...

  3. Thanks for this great article and the reminder to lighten up on my 9 year old!!

  4. I loved this guest post over at Simple Homeschool! Just brilliant and so on target.


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