Reading Challenge Book 11 – What is Unschooling?

2022 GoodRead Challenge – Book 11 of 50

What is Unschooling? Living and Learning without School – written by Pam Laricchia. In the fall of 2020 I came across a video on YouTube that had the word Unschooling. I have never heard this word before and I was curious enough to see what it was all about. I listened to the almost hour video of a husband and wife explaining what Unschooling was and how they implement it in their daily life with 9 children. I LOVED the concept and realize on some level I have been doing this very concept with my own kids but none of them were school age. I wanted to to hold out telling my husband about this concept until I have done some more reading. I got a few different books but reading them have not worked out. I started to read this book in Feb 2021 and I am just finishing it April 2022. The kicker is the book was not that long and it was a pretty simple read.

I will say that this book is a good introduction about the concept of Unschooling. The author has a few more books that is considered a series and I have another one in my queue on the book app. According to the app I am 14% into that book. I honestly do not remember starting it so I will have to restart it if I decide to read it. I ended up sharing the idea to my husband before I did a lot of reading on my own. We have agreed to homeschool our kids for years and after the last two years he is on board 110%. He works from home so he can play a role in our kids homeschooling experience.

The other morning he was showing our oldest how adding an e to the end of the word changes the vowel sound in certain words. Example: Cap – a is a short vowel but when adding e the a is now a long vowel.

I do love the idea of unschooling the thing is I do not agree with allowing your child to set his/her own bedtime and only eating what they want to eat. I feel there is a line that has to be drawn because if we let our 3-year-old go to bed when he wants and get up when he wants he would get only a few hours of sleep. Then we would only get a few hours asleep which would not work for our family. He just does not sleep and I have no idea why. He will sleep for a few hours and be up for a few hours and then go back to sleep mostly because he is bored. My oldest would only eat bread if he was given the choice and that isn’t going to be good for him over all. The video I watch actually shared that they do have set expectation and they do have a routine for the kids. It would be pure chaos if they let all nine kids do what they wanted at all times.

My husband is not on board with unschooling and since he is a present father I will not go against what he wants. I say all that because people who are true follower of this method will tell you how you are not a true unschooler. I know on some level I won’t be a typical homeschool mom but I also know that I need guidance to help me stay focus. Now that is a topic for another post – if you want to get a general idea what Unschooling is I would say pick up this book. I still plan on reading a few more books but since my husband is not open to the idea I will honor him, but I do plan trying to apply some of the concepts to our schooling experience.

Currently Reading

My list right now is:
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich (Audiobook)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
Lord Brocktree by Brain Jacques (Physical Book)
What is Unschooling? By Pam Laricchia (Digital Book)
Let us Prey by R Glenn Ball (Digital Book)
How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger (Print Out)

The reality is three of the books have been on my list for a while and the other three were just added in the last week. I am pretty sure the first book will be done in a day or two. I could easily finish it in one day – confession I use the 2x speed when I’m listening to these types of books. My husband has made comments in the past about listening at a 2x speed but your brain and ears adjust to the speed and it starts to sound normal. I honestly can’t listen to the Plum series at any other speed. I listen to Harry Potter at 1.5x because it’s harder to adjust to a British accent. Non-fiction books I listen at normal speed but the only other fiction series I have listened to was Sue Grafton Alphabet Series.

I am reading a chapter or two of Lord Brocktree throughout the day. Usually I can get in one chapter with the kids but today I got two chapters read. I really want to remember to take this book with me to my doctors appointment. I have it on the Libby app so I can continue reading it if I don’t have the book but I typically get distracted if I’m on my phone. The Unschooling book is actually pretty short but it’s on my phone so I often get distracted before I get to it. I have gone in waves with Let Us Prey – I am looking forward to writing up a post about this book. I have actually recommended it to a few people despite me not finishing it. I think it can be real eye opening for people who are deeply involved with churches and even for people who may have been hurt by a church.

I started to read the How Now to Diet book toward the end of 2020 and I was in a habit of reading a few pages while the kids did their morning songs but we stopped doing that awhile ago and I haven’t taken the time to put it back into the rotation of my daily reading. One thing that really stuck out to me in that book was the explanation of Gastric Surgeries and the harsh side effects. I need to pull out this book and start to read a paragraph everyday until I finish the book.

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