Its not just about handing a child some paints or playdoh and calling "unschooling" (I loath that word) its about giving them freedom.
Freedom to wear Brown corduroy overalls and a mustard turtleneck without fear of being teased
Freedom to have a bean bag camp out
Master B now has biscuits, shortbreads, cakes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, home made pizza dough, sausage rolls, and much more that he can prepare on his own and cook with little or no supervision. He knows the importance of cleaning up afterwards, of safety, and of presentation. There are fathers out there who cant or dont cook, dont or wont clean, are happy to sit in their own filth and are not an asset to their family. My son is already an asset at age 10, not because its a chore, not because we make him but because HE WANTS TO and that makes me proud beyond words.
Most of this learning was child led through success and failure. Its great to see the younger children following in their own individual ways. T doesnt show as much of an interest in cooking but is eager to help his brother and excels in other areas like design, L is very artistic.
Is homeschool working? Well if smiles are a judge then I think so.