Our Family’s Journey

Our Family’s Journey to Unschooling

The short version…

We were a mainstream military family who sent kids to school because that’s what everyone did.
But then school wasn’t a great fit for my happy-go-lucky kid who loved to learn. It sucked the life out of him. He wanted to run and play and talk about all sorts of things that interested him. And that wasn’t going to fit in a classroom scenario.

When they suggested he might need ADHD medication, I began to look at my options.

It was 1995, my kids were 6, 4, and 1. The internet wasn’t really clicking along yet. So I picked the brains of the 2 homeschooling families on base and sent for catalogs. I didn’t really consider what was ahead for later grades, but I thought I could SURELY handle 2nd grade!

So as we packed up for our new assignment, moving from San Antonio, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, I grabbed my child’s school records and never enrolled him in the next location.

Within a year, I had stumbled across the concept of unschooling and we began to move in that direction. Little by little, I shed my ideas about schooling and opened to the idea that the entire world could be our classroom. In fact, we could live as if school didn’t even exist!

I have so many stories to share with you about the 25 years of living and learning right alongside my children!

We decided to embrace life as an adventure we wanted to dive into – together! And so we did.

Unschooling Dad
An Unschooling Dad Looks Back (by Ron Patterson)
Pattersons 2019
Pattersons 2019
Sue's Kids
Thanksgiving 2021
Thanksgiving 2021