A year ago we bought guinea pigs, on Faith’s request. I was reluctant at first, worried about the responsibility and time they would take up, as we’ve never had pets before, but I opened myself up to a “yes”. Faith (then 11) spent two weeks enthusiastically researching all she could about piggies in books and on YouTube, how to look after them, diet, behaviour, how to build a cage… It made my job of just buying them so easy! They have brought us so much joy and fun, we laugh together every day with them, and all four guinea pigs get cuddles every day.
Faith was then inspired by the piggies and piggie owner YouTubers to start her own YouTube channel, something else I was initially reluctant to say yes to. It has since morphed into mainly a Minecraft channel, and she has in the past 10 months learnt absolutely tons from it, more or less completely by herself, from recording, editing and uploading to bells & whistles like subtitles and in-video links, from managing comments to oratory skills, from music copyright issues to privacy issues; and she has personalised it with her own nickname, logo and catchphrase.
She is continually thinking of new ideas, googling to problem solve or to find out how to do something new. It’s fantastic!
If it hadn’t been for unschooling, we would almost certainly have missed out on all this wonderful stuff.