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 What you didn't see week of Jan.1-Jan.4th

This post is written as part of "The Hitchhikers Guide to Unschooling" series which you can find more about HERE. So Don't Panic, it's called Unschooling, and yes we are all learning!

I know alot of Unschoolers are scared to death about their children learning about math so I will show you a few things that you didn't see in the posts, granted these are just a few I remember off the top of my head and I am sure there are more:

One day for lunch Dora cooked Pizza Rolls and asked if I wanted any, when I said No, I am trying to watch my calories, she read how many calories were in them. When I explained to her these were only the calories in a serving and she would have to figure out how many servings were in the bag to get an accurate amount she quickly took the number of servings multiplied that by the number of calories to show me how many were in the entire bag. Then she took the number she was eating and figured out the calorie count on those.

On a trip to CVS Dora found some markdown candy and other items and had to figure out what 75% off would be from the original price.

When Dora and Bubba made a cake they had to measure the ingrediants and seeing as they could not find all of our correct sized measuring cups they had to figure out the correct measurements giving them a lesson in fractions.

Bubba and Bret are whizzes at quickly adding and subtracting often times in their head because of the hours spent playing Duel Monsters.

Dora was the banker at Monopoly and had to count out the money to all the players and count back correct change when the players bought a property.

While you didn't see our evenings they were filled with a lot of tv watching and playing of Minecraft this week. This cold weather is really getting to us! Not to mention I can't have a camera shoved in everyone's face all day long! Dora did however do this painting of a tree on fire, notice the lighter to the right bottom:

She didn't have all of these colors and had to mix a few of them using the colors she had on hand. Afterwards she decided to paint herself:

Dora also did a bit of studying from some science books she picked up at the library, this picture was taken at 11pm, she is reading a science textbook about the Universe and the planets. She is now interested in doing a model of the planets. She told me there are too many "fun" things to do during the day but she likes to do her reading and studying at night.


She and Bubba started shooting a "Minecraft Movie" which they haven't finished, and she also shot this video showing how to do a handstand. She practiced a lot of gymnastics and handstands the last few days.