If I pushed study in any way (with either of the boys) they would lose interest fairly quickly. My eldest went to school until grade 4, then we homeschooled with curriculum, but unschooling is where he really took off and took a serious interest in his studies. He is now 21 and runs his own business development company, and also has hobby ventures on the side. I am very proud of his accomplishments.
My youngest son, ‘Kid’, has been very focused on reading books and writing about them. He also loves to learn about entomology, music, how airplanes fly, how boats propel, and how electric cars work. He is always involved in something and I never have to find things for him to study about.
Last year we discovered the Khan Academy which is a free online educational tool. It is an encouraging site offering courses through high school level that uses badges and rewards to help progress. We went through the site a little together, and then I left it to him to see if there was anything he was interested in studying there. I was surprised when he took an interest in their biology courses. Daily I found him on the computer (sometimes for hours) studying biology on his own. He has now completed all the courses available and he is only 12 years old. He is now looking into online university courses in this subject, and I am excited to find out what comes next. Last week he checked out an advanced book on organic chemistry from the library, and has been nose deep in that book also. This has again proven to me that children are incredible learning sponges if we just let them focus on what interests them most.