"Children do not need to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world than anyone else could make for them." John Holt
I can't believe it has been 9 days since I last posted! I have sat down to write so many times only to not be able to finish the post. But here goes todays!
This morning Dora got up really tired and fell back asleep on the couch until about 11. When she did get up she decided to give both of the younger dogs a bath. She has been going to the bookshelf and exploring books more lately so this morning she said she wanted to do Home Ec. (I have a home ec curriculum I got very cheap at a thrift shop a few weeks back.) So she went and got the books out and we looked through them while she ate breakfast. She decided she wanted to start on the book that talked about the kitchen. We talked about the "triangle" of a kitchen being the stove, sink, fridge and how apart they should be ideally. Mine definitely did not fit that criteria. We also looked at kitchen floor plans and how most are "L" or "U" shaped. We read about small kitchen appliances and cooking tools and she told me which ones she thought were most important and which ones she didn't think were really needed. There was a page in the book to lable small appliances by writing the name of the appliance underneath and she worked on that, having me write the correct spelling under the ones she spelled wrong. I told her I had to clean the kitchen after breakfast and she volunteered to mop it after I did the dishes and sweeping.Having worked on a little spelling in the workbook she instructed me to call out words to her so she could spell them aloud to me.
Bubba and Bret got up late, showered, ate, checked out a few things online and we all decided to play a new board game I had just got in the mail, Snake Oil Card Game. This was the most awesome game I have played in a long time, within about 30 seconds all the kids were cracking up laughing. You basically have to put word cards together and form a make believe product and sales pitch it to your customer, who could be anyone from a frat boy to a senior citizan. (Look for the review soon!). Dad came in from work while we were playing and joined in. We literally played this game for 3 hours non stop, and it should have been a 20 minute game!
As I write this Dad is grilling out some chicken, Bret is making tea to go with dinner, and Dora and Bubba are playing "Little Big Planet 2" on the Playstation. What did your Unschooling day look like?
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This post was written as a part of the year long series "The Hitchhikers Guide to Unschooling" where I attempt to show you what it looks like in our family as we live as though school does not exist. Ideally, new posts should be up daily around 6pm, but as you know life is not always ideal so I will get them up as close to this as possible.