I am a big fan of Dr. Peter Gray. He is a research professor whose educational philosophies align perfectly with mine: let the kids play and they will learn. In my circle of influence, he is wildly popular and with good reason - he trusts kids are designed to learn everything they need to know … Continue reading How unschoolers learn to read according to Dr. Peter Gray.
Today's shopping trip was a case study for unschooling. Although it is 30 minutes from our house (thanks, audiobook!), this particular store is a favorite for everybody because of it's unique design. The meat and fruits/veggies are separated and sold in a different sort of way in this store and it's simplicity is a refreshing … Continue reading Unschool in the Aisles
Ms.6 is a crafts master. At all times she is working on multiple art projects strewn throughout the house with frequent backyard and porch installations. Her hands are constantly busy and I suspect her brain is even busier. Ms.6 isn't picky about crafting. She can take a stick, a piece of yarn and … Continue reading The Art of Being Ms.6
Mr.8 developed a game as I cooked dinner tonight. A game I wish I could take credit for, except if I was the creator, enthusiasm would be low and good attitudes likely lacking. But, since Mr.8 had personal ownership over the activity, exciting hands-on learning reigned. How to Play "Shoot the Map": A Geography Game … Continue reading How to Play “Shoot the Map”: A Geography Game
My relaxed attitude towards "learning to read" has evolved with time. While there has never been doubt that my kids will learn to read, my expectations regarding the time frame wasn't always so flexible. Over the past several years, I have gone back and forth from attempting to require structured lessons (always a fail for us), … Continue reading To ‘reading program’ or not
We are really enjoying the Dear America book series. Our first experience was Dear America: With the Might of Angels whose main character is an 11 year old named Dawnie, her role in integration and a fantastic overview of the civil rights movement. As a native Mississippian, this topic is dear to my heart and I … Continue reading Reading WITH Kids
Today Ms.6 found an old sight word game I created a couple of years ago, an easy little game with word cards that have either a "real" sight word or a nonsensical "fake" word written on each. If you correctly read a "real" word you move your paper square up a little game board until … Continue reading Teaching Literacy, Unschool Style