Unschooling. It’s a fine line! How you draw that line is up to you. It’s not a cake, you don’t have to follow a recipe exactly. Think of it more like nanna’s spag bog. Add a few of her ideas, some from others and some of your own and spit out the finest spaghetti bolognaise to suit you and your family’s palate!
I wrote a post recently about what we do in a day unschooling including the stuff we do ad lib. I thought I’d share with you what classes and other ‘regular’ activities we get up to when we’re not ‘ad libbing’. They’re not compulsory and don’t think I’m saying you must do it this way. Especially if you’re on a boat, you won’t always be in the same place so you might not necessarily have access to weekly classes. We know when we leave we will have to say goodbye to these things so we enjoy them while we can! Unschooling at its finest.
Last weekend his week we took a trip to Madam Tussaud’s in Sydney which gave us a chance to brush up on a bit of history. Here the girls get to ‘meet’ Captain James Cook ?
We began our working week by joining other like minded kids who are also h/e and quite possibly similarly delinquent! We attend a beautifully nurturing small group to learn about math and physics concepts but in an unschooling way in nature, and in life! How perfect it is for us! Last week we looked for recurring patterns:
In the afternoon they enjoy another math class which they have been going to for over two years now. They love it and although it’s sending us broke, we can’t bring ourselves to stop since they enjoy it so much! Our little math nerds…
The girls love to grow things and without a garden as such we need to be a little more creative. The pic below shows their latest project – a Jurassic Garden. They’ve been transplanting cuttings from my herbs and searching for appropriate foliage from our recent walks in order to green it up. I think since they’ve been cut off from Lego for squabbling over it, they’ve taken to this instead to fulfil the need to decorate and create. At least they’re not fighting!
Midweek the girls attend a lovely art class in town. The teacher has been so generous to accommodate us during the day and there are other h/e children from the local area of various ages that attend as well. I’m not a fan of glitter and paint, especially on board, it messes with my tidy! So for now this suits us perfectly. The girls get so much from this class and their teacher is really special. To your left is a sample of what she’s been able to get from the girls – they wouldn’t do this for me!
We also went on a walk through local wetlands this week with some friends and although we got a bit off track, we found this amazing clearing with a waterfall and vine rope swing! “Serendipity!” I cried. It was so beautiful, it was meant to be found. Sadly lots of vandals had found it before us. Regardless, loads to discuss here! Wouldn’t have been as much fun if we planned it ?
Our week begins to wind down with a swimming class with their own teacher since all the other kids their age are in school in the middle of the day. Following a gruelling session in the pool we head off to a science class with other home ed kids which the girls look forward to all week. The teacher is not only a home ed parent, she also has a bunch of impressive qualifications including a Masters in Science from Cambridge. I think we have science covered for the moment.
It’s unschooling but peppered with a little structure! Our final weekly appointment is a park meet up with loads of other great kids and their fabulous parents. How lucky we were to find this fantastically diverse group.
Classes add spice to our week, allow us to meet with friends and enjoy learning together but most of all, allow mum or dad to socialise (and let’s face it, that’s the biggest fear in home schooling!)
What?! I forgot to socialise my parents?!
Unschooling. Follow your own recipe.
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