Rules for Mr.9's reading lessons: He will participate for exactly 30 minutes. No more and no less. He prefers to sit outside on the front porch. Yes, please! I try to correct his reading with as little verbiage as possible. My corrections are variations of this: look for the blend, find the root word, cover … Continue reading Reading Lesson “Rules”
Mr.9's reading skills have been a common topic on Unschool Day since this blog's inception. If you are a new reader, this is the bottom line: the kid has loved books since he was a tiny toddler, he loves listening to long complex audiobooks, he has a huge vocabulary, his syntactical structure is phenomenal, he … Continue reading Folks, we have a reader!
It's been hard getting back in the blogging groove post-Irma. We survived. Were you worried? My most concerning moments were seeing mold all over the inside of the refrigerator and smelling rotten fermented vegetables after 5 days without power. Thankfully, my parents were lovely hosts during our "evacuation, not vacation" , our house had no damage … Continue reading We are the experts of our children.
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