Facundo is a 14 year old boy living in Argentina. He has written his 2016 report by himself. This is what he has to tell about his unschooling approach to learning. (Translated from Spanish).
My name is Facundo and I am 14 years old. I live in Sierra de los Padres – Argentina, a place with hills, lakes, sea and woods. I have been unschooled for 4 years.
Last year was my first at West River Academy which allowed me to explain better to my friends about this kind of education; they ask less questions now, so I feel more confident. During this year, I learned:
Hens breeding: they got ill this year and I learned to heal them from smallpox, about their anatomy, first aids, chicken slaughter, eggs production and take care of the hens.
Horses: I learned alternative riding with my mom and some neighbours.
At home: I helped my dad to build our house with wood and mud.
English Language: I learned through video games.
Cooking: I have been cooking for ages and like it a lot; I am learning new recipes little by little.
Construction: I started working with my dad doing bioconstructions, I go some days and help him and learn.
Boy Scouts: I have been a Boy Scout for 4 years learning about survival, cooking, values and this year I was promoted.
Chores: I have helped since I was a little kid. I wash the dishes, I do ironing, cooking and take care of hens. I learned about flora and fauna; about birds and plant species which help me to eat wild fruits and learn about nature.
I also follow many youtubers, especially about gameplays.
To sum up, this was the first complete year in our new house with my new friends, I am really happy.
Greetings, Facundo Javier Schmull