I really like the blog Christian Unschooling...the latest post really made my day :)
It speaks of the book: "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith" by Ann Spangler. From one of the reviews: "This book is a good starting point for beginning to understand the Jewishness of Jesus."
Now, you're probably wondering "what does this have to do with unschooling?" Keep reading....
The post goes on to explain how the book explains how children were taught in Jesus' times. Do you think they all lined the school room in rows raising their hands up and down like children do today? SORRY
They learned the necessary skills they needed from their mother or father by watching them and participating in their daily work. They didn't learn history from a dry text book but from the tales told around the fire by their elders. My favorite quote from the book (above): "The usual method of learning was through hands-on experience, imitating someone who possessed the skills they wanted to aquire"
My favorite quote from the blog post: "What a radical idea! Learning through your life experiences and acquiring the applicable skills you needed along the way? By doing? You mean Jesus was in large part Unschooled? Blasphemy!" :) (as I chuckle out loud...this brings a smile to my face every time I read it.)
The blog post continues on to explain being an apprentice or learning under a rabbi as a disciple....(PLEASE read the blog for a more in depth explanation.)
To sum it all up beautifully:
"This is the goal of Christian unschooling. Not retaining data but raising our children in an unrestrained environment of constant contact and discipleship. Of listening to the spirit and allowing God to play a great hand in igniting passion and talent in our children. Of discipling by example, allowing our children to be immersed in our lives and experiences so that they can learn to do as we do.
It is not irresponsible, it is not lazy, and it is not a violation of scripture.
It is our attempt at allowing God to more organically shape the lives and futures of our children."
SEE why I like this blog SO MUCH!!! It really helps put unschooling into perspective. :)