Yesterday afternoon, Andrea took Emma & Meaghan to the library. Emma came home with a Scholastic Star Wars novel. Although she did pop up here and there, she spent most of the rest of the day in her room. When it was getting near to bedtime I checked on her. She was reading the last chapter and I told her she could go ahead and finish.
I’ve been reading to Emma before bed since she was three. Over the last few weeks I had read a couple of the other novels from the same series. I prefer reading the novels to reading children’s stories. Over the last year or so, her taste in what we read before bed was changing and because she’s number 4, I knew we were getting close to her choosing to read it on her own.
We made it. Emma was unschooled from the get go. I haven’t given her a single “school” lesson in her life. When Emma was 6-7 she had asked Andrea to do school a few times (which Andrea did with her). We have never compelled her to do any *lessons* or learning.