I was getting comments from all around about how amazing it is that Raghu can read without going to school. I've also heard several people tout books over tv and are horrified to hear of how much tv we watch... in our case tv is usually dvds that the kids select. I've also been told that i've got the patience of a saint otherwise unschooling/homeschooling would not work out. Off late i hear so many such funky comments that all i can say is please order this book and read it back to back. It will help those who are trying to understand our non-mainstream path. It will help them see things a bit more clearly and not draw the wrong conclusions.
I wish i could offer one copy to everyone who said anything like one of the above comments to me. Please read this book. It is in easy, chewable portions that demystifies unschooling and gives you room for radical thoughts.
Raghu reads because he wants too. Raghu does not write... because he does not want to, yet. Simple.
He and i figured out that if he really wanted to write notes in a precise way then we could use a stencil. Simple.
Or when we get our comps in order and have that printer set up... he might type and print it out.
The magic is that Raghu wanted to read, so he pursued it and figured it out. Yes I helped... I read to him when he wanted and did not shame him if he could not read something supposedly simple. In a way i almost wish he had not cracked the code... cause now everyone expects the same from Zoya. "so cool... unschooling gets kids to read on their own!"