We haven’t done any formal studies this year other than the various classes they attend each week for science, maths, art and swimming. Instead, the girls have been unschooling or to put it plainly, self directed in what they are learning. However, despite the lack of formal lessons I’ve definitely seen a marked improvement in their abilities. Swab regularly asks for math sums just for fun and is even learning her times tables by herself. She’s also keeping a diary and is a voracious reader. Miss 10 has started a recipe book since Nanna and Poppa came to stay, of all Nan’s recipes. This is how unschooling should be! Miss 10 is particularly enjoying reading this book at the moment (no affiliate link by the way!) It’s a fiction novel that introduces math and business concepts. She’s loving it! Now that I know she’s enjoying this style I have a bunch more to buy for her ‘nook’ reader. I will put up a link on our facebook page here if you would like to see a list of other similar books.
I’ve been talking with an unschooling mentor once a week, a lovely lady in British Columbia who is helping us with our unschooling journey. I’ve always struggled to give up the idea of formal school in favour for following the girl’s needs and interests, despite believing in it! I don’t think I ever deschooled myself properly.
Our mentor has been helping the whole family unschool, not just the girls or me with them but the skipper too. We are all benefiting. One of the things we did first was answer a bunch of questions that helped us all to know what it is we want as a family, what it is the girls want to learn and we want to learn and where do we see ourselves heading? These questions were a real help when it came to actually listening to what the girls want to know! I thought Swab’s interest in making her own potions and lotions out of conditioner and plants was a bit messy and I turned a blind eye but later discovered she actually has a knack for science! So we bought her a chemistry set and haven’t looked back since. Miss 10 is really into history at the moment so we are signing up for some Minecraft Homeschool lessons online with a historical focus. She’s also been doing one on The Science of Amusement Park rides and can tell you all about Sir Isaac Newton now which is cool because it came up in her science class and she’s was thrilled to bits to know who he was already.
I’ve kept a daily diary of all that we do and this is probably the hardest part as it means taking time out each day to write down EVERYTHING we do. There is learning everywhere! I look back and I’m actually amazed at what we achieve in a day. Unschooling has never been easier. For those curious, unschooling doesn’t mean no school either, they are learning all the time. The proof is in their results.
Anyway, I thoroughly recommend my unschooling mentor and can point you in her direction if you are looking for something similar. She’s an amazing unschool advocate, not only for the kids but helping us with unschooling the whole family. What a relief it is to finally be free of my demons! I’ve struggled with it for so long and she has been such a great help for us all. Maybe I should change the page name to ‘Unschooling Ahoy’!
*I am not affiliated with my mentor at all, I do not receive a commission or anything special, I just like passing on good recommendations where I can.* Message me on this post or on our facebook page for her email address.
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