"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
Today Dad had an unexpected day off so he took me and Dora out to McDonalds to breakfast before she went to her morning homeschool gymnastics class.
After we returned home Dora and Dad continued the "Nerf Wars" that started yesterday when we surprised all of the kids with Nerf Guns, yes even the big ones!
She watched Disney channel for a few minutes while Dad put together a list of things he needed to go and price at Lowe's. He is taking his electrical exam next week and planning on getting his business started soon. I also put together a picnic lunch. We woke the boys up and they wanted to go with us.
At Lowe's Bret hung out and helped Dad price his electrical supplies while Bubba, Dora, and I went to explore the Garden Center. We looked at all of the flowers and plants and discussed the ones we liked and the difference between annual and perennial. Bubba and Dora were really excited about our upcoming garden and showed me some of the things they would like to plant as well as some berry plants. We smelled herbs and discussed their different uses, we felt plant leaves, and figured out the best time to start our planting. After our experience we met back up with Dad who was almost through and the kids asked lots of questions on how to do certain electrical projects and what some of the things he was pricing would be used for. I also had to stop by the hospital billing dept and discuss our bill while I was out.
We stopped by Walmart to pick up drinks and then headed to the park for lunch. We had a nice LONG lunch and talked about all sorts of things including wether or not the kids wanted to go to college and what kind of jobs they could see themselves doing in the future. After lunch we headed to the library, and Bubba and Bret decided to walk home.
Dora, Dad, and I hung out for along time looking through books. Dad picked up some "Alex Rider" adventure books he thought the kids might enjoy, I picked up a book on spelling rules for Dora to look at and Dora wanted to start a new series and finally decided on "Fairy Realm". Dora spent alot of time reading through books as she had o read a few pages of each potential new series to see how she liked it before making a final decision.
After returning home the kids spent some time on different games and devices and I took about a 30 minute nap before deciding dinner would be leftovers or sandwiches since Dad and I planned on visiting a local church. The kids opted for staying home.
What did your unschooling day look like? Do you find your kids learn alot from helping you run errands?
*This post was written as a part of the year long series "Hitchhiker's Guide to Unschooling", where I attempt to show you what living a life as though school does not exist looks like.