I've been reading Leo's blogs for years and am so happy to see him start blogging about unschooling! Setting up a community is cool too so I thought I'd say hi and introduce myself. :-)
My name is Pam Laricchia and my family's been unschooling since 2002. Looking back, I'm thrilled we chose this path. Unschooling is not an easy educational and lifestyle choice—it takes energy and dedication to do it well, but it is definitely a viable alternative to the conventional education system. Unschooling focuses on each person as an individual and brings the idea of lifelong learning alive. Conventionally, lifelong learning implies continuing to learn as an adult so you don't become obsolete in your field; but with unschooling, lifelong learning means you have a lifetime to learn. Learning is an integral part of life.
Here's a quick glimpse at what life looks like for my kids.
My eldest son, 21, is all about stories. Since he was young he has surrounded himself with them through video games, anime, movies, TV, web series, visual novels etc. He understands storytelling deeply and we have wonderfully interesting conversations around it all—which are basically conversations about life because stories are all-encompassing. He is working on bringing his own stories into the world.
My daughter, 19, is a passionate photographer. Last summer she chose to spend an extended period of time in New York City (we live in Ontario, Canada) to explore the city’s arts community. She loved it, learned an incredible amount, and found her tribe. She came home and we went right to work putting together an application for a US artist's visa. It was approved (yay!) and the next day, at age 18, I helped her move to NYC.