We are definitely encountering these kinds of questions more and more now that Josh is officially "school age," and I'm sure it is something we'll figure out how to handle better with time. I really don't feel the need to explain our way of life (and learning) to strangers or acquaintances. I actually really enjoy talking about unschooling, and if I begin to open my mouth it may be hard to get me to shut up about it. But for the most part, I'm okay with letting the homeschooling equals school-at-home assumptions slide. I save my unschooling blathering for other unschoolers (or my facebook wall) and in person we are homeschoolers who have awkward pauses in conversation when you ask about curriculum. It is not a perfect solution, but it works out okay for us right now. It reminds me of a blog post I read a few days ago, which said this:
Yeah, you really don't want to ask me unless you want to hear me process my seventeen years of experience in schools and work through my whole thought process out loud, using you to further understand myself (don't worry, you probably don't have to participate all that much, I'll just keep talking).
So tonight when I was going through photos from the last week I thought it would be sort of fun and silly to list some of the "subjects" we've been "studying" around here.
Science (gravity, motion, momentum, acceleration, resistance, forces, direction, speed, kinetic energy, velocity, etc.)
Science, biology, entomology
Knitting (one of the most important subjects known to humanity)
Dis big wock, heeeavy! (ummm...weighing things, let's file this under mathematics)
Art, Career Preparation (tattoo artist)
Trust me, my kids (and me!) are learning stuff. I'll just have to get back to you on the curriculum thing some other time.