I'm Laura (41), wife to Jay (46) for the past 21 years and mom to 6 boys (Brett 20, Grant 15, Jacob 13, Cade 11, William 7 and Luke 4) and 4 girls (Hannah 19, Emily 17, Sophia 9 and Tori 11 months) and
grandma to Noel David (2). We live in Loveland, OH. This is our 11th year homeschooling--or should I say unschooling, we only did school at home for about 1 month when we first pulled the kids out of school. The older 3 children attended school through the 4th, 3rd and 1st grades. The younger 7 kids have never been to school and have never known anything but unschooling.
realizes it is her choice and she knows that if at any time that choice doesn't work for her she is free to explore other options! Of course it probably "helps" that her current boyfriend is a student there as well!
Brett (20)--my "perfect" child who never partied, missed a curfew or gave me a moments grief, who announced to us 2 weeks after his 18th birthday that his girlfriend was pregnant, is the assistant manager of
a local pizza chain and is in line for a promotion to general manager in the near future. He LOVES working there and apparently has impressed his bosses, as he moved up from a part time delivery driver to the assistant manager in under 2 years. He is also their "go to" guy when other stores need a manager to fill in...one local store has had a stroke of "bad" luck with managers...one got malaria and then before that one had even returned to work the other manager had a heart attack.....so he has been filling in there quite regularly. He coaches his 11 year old brother in basketball. Brett and Sarah (Noel's mother) plan to unschool him.
when people said they saw more of their kid after they left home, but now I understand what they mean! She is a waitress at both Applebees and Red Robin and loves it. She is very extroverted, so any job where
she is coming into contact with others in perfect for her! She toys with attending college, was excepted by the local university (with her unschooled transcript) but thinks that given the current state of things that college would just be a waste of money right now.
recruiters as we have been contacted by them. Most are shocked to learn he is only entering his sophomore year in highschool. Maybe the kid will have the chance to play college ball. He was a very late reader (at least 11 years old) but you would never know it now. He loves making and editing videos (usually for youtube), taking photos, and playing PS3. He LOVES going to Kings Island and riding all the rides!
copes with them much better now than he did in the past. He is my boy that is all things "nature" constantly venturing across the street to a small stream and bringing home "critters". He could spend all day exploring the woods or a creek. He loves Legos and PS3. Like Jacob, he likes Southpark and Family Guy. Just now learning to read.
wrestling guys, sports of any type, blocks, cars and the computer (he can get himself on the internet and into youtube and he searches for videos by entering wrestlers names from memory). He LOVES books, but
insists that we read the same books in the same order every day!
directions..we laugh now....she rolled tummy to back Tuesday, back to tummy Wednesday and off the bed on Thursday), crawling, sitting, can get herself into a sitting position and then out again, pulling up on
furniture and CRUISING, and is now trying to let go and just stand I suspect she may talk early as she
already says mama, dada, hi and can sign "milk" and waves hello and goodbye but I could be wrong! She has 6 teeth and is cutting 2 more (meaning she isn't sleeping). She LOVES to swim! She said her first 2 word combination "hi, ma-ma" on September 1.
Ramblings of an unschooling family: www.theriesenbergs.blogspot.com