Ami and Russell Campbell have always had their 3 children close. As their babies grew they moved from Attachment Parenting to Unschooling and cherished the fact that home-education allowed them to spend so much time with their children. The Campbell kids thrived as they were allowed to follow their interests, enjoy friends and other activities and play all day. So Ami and Russell were a bit surprised when, at age 7, their daughter Aelish expressed a desire to go to school. Despite their concerns, the Campbell’s supported their daughter’s choice and began the search for the right school.
After looking at the neighborhood public elementary school, Aelish instead chose a very small and homeschool feeling Montessori. Her goals were to learn to read, to learn some math, to make new friends, and to see what all the fuss was about. Her parents were pleasantly surprised with her enthusiasm, and with her quick progress from total non-reader, to reader, and at her quick grasp of the concepts in the classroom. Her teacher was unsure at first how to approach and teach this freethinking, unschooled kid, but she soon became a favorite of his, and he frequently spoke to the Campbells after school about her “surprising” progress. By Spring, Aelish had learned what she set out to gain from school, and had also had enough of the school social scene and was ready to come back home. Her parents were often amazed by her thoughtful insights about how the students were treated, how the students treated each other, and how her own mind was treated while in school.
Come hear Ami, Russell and Aelish share their experiences of giving school a try. Aelish is THRILLED to share the insights she gained from her year in school and her return to home-education.