I found a co-op! I am deliriously excited and happy about this. I am also intimidated beyond belief. Sure, I have a college degree. Sure, I graduated magna cum laude. Sure, I won most outstanding senior in psychology in 2000. But none of that means that I'm educated. I managed to figure out the system and I was able to do well on tests. Granted, I am very knowledgeable in grammar, Spanish, psychology, and theater. But all of those other general requirements... not so much. I somehow was able to make A's in all of my courses without actually learning much of anything.
History, Science, Math... you know the drill. I hated them. I didn't do well at them. I couldn't "get" them. Since becoming an adult and learning more about learning, I've figured out that some of these subjects are easier to understand when they are "taught" in a more practical manner. Lately I've discovered that I really enjoy learning about history, especially American history, if it's taught in the context of an interesting novel or television show. I loved learning about the 1940's via Lynn Austin's book A WOMAN'S PLACE. And thanks to Lifetime's "Army Wives", I have a better idea of what is currently going on in our government, our military, and in Iraq.
When I looked over the outline for what our children will be learning in our co-op, I was very intimidated. The only thing on the list that really stood out as something familiar to me was the word "Mesopotamia" which happens to be the name of a B-52s song and record. And according to that song, it had something to do with 6 or 8 thousand years ago. Okay.
I really hope that the people at this co-op don't catch on to me. Maybe I'll be able to fake it! Perhaps they will never have any idea that I'm actually learning so much more than my children. Hey, isn't that one of the best parts of unschooling? The family simply learns together. Well, I'm pretty psyched about this! I'm a life long learner and now that I've figured out that learning, no matter how it's done, even if it's "fun" or done through tv, is still learning! I really wish someone had told me this about 25 years ago. These are some of my main reasons for choosing unschooling... because clearly there is something flawed about a system that places more emphasis on good grades than on the actual act of learning for the sake of learning. Those few classes about which I was passionate are the only ones that are still with me today.
But about our co-op. It is right here in our city and I've wrangled in a few of our friends too. It's free. It's twice a month. The kids will only be enrolled in Science and History thus far because of their ages but the co-op also offers math and latin! Cool huh? I can't wait.
What about you? Do you sometimes feel like a fraud when educating your children? How do you cope with those feelings of inadequacy? Is educating yourself one of the reasons you have chosen to homeschool? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please tell me I'm not alone!
UPDATE: Went to a planning meeting for the co-op today. I didn't feel in the least bit intimidated and I truly liked every woman there. This is undoubtedly going to be a fantastic experience and I'm so very excited to have this opportunity. I'm especially excited this friend and this friend both decided to join up after I sent them an email with the information! I'm always all about having an excuse to hang with these families more often!