We home school and we use a curriculum.
We have some friends that are "unschoolers" and don't use any curriculum. There kids no how to read, write, and do arithmetic just fine.
Both my kids no how to ride a bike. We certainly didn't need any formal curriculum to teach them. They went riding with us, saw other kids riding, and wanted to learn how to ride. We told them a few things, pushed them along for a bit and they figured it out. It's called learning and children do it very well. Sadly, most adults have stopped.
I should say know how instead of no how. LOL Of course, I wasn't home schooled, I'm a product of a publik education.
For the person that asked about when they will learn to do integral calculus...they will learn it if they have an interest and a need. I took Calculus in high school and higher math in college. Haven't used a bit of it.
I did use my probability theory when playing poker though. :) Those of us in the technology business are learning all the time.
As I said, children are natural explorers and learners. My understanding of unschooling isn't putting your kids in front of an XBOX all day. It's guiding your kids and teaching where you see their interests are. If you read to your kids, they'll want to learn to read. When they want to learn you guide, train, etc.
"There kids no how to read, write, and do arithmetic just fine. . . . Both my kids no how to ride a bike."
You KNOW, THERE is a crew of folks on FR who make it THEIR mission to make fun of spelling.
I, of all people should never make fun of spelling/grammar, but. . .
"There kids no how to read, write, and do arithmetic just fine."
THERE KIDS NO HOW TO READ...??
HOW ABOUT "THIER KIDS KNOW HOW TO READ"
I HOPE YOU WEREN'T HOME SCHOOLED, THAT WOULD NOT BE A GOOD AURGUMENT FOR IT.
(U'r gowing to bee embarissed when yu prufe-reed yu'r post.)
"There kids no how to read"
I'm going to assume - no, I'm going to hope and pray - that you mean this as a joke.
If it is not a joke, please stop homeschooling immediately, for your children's sake.