Archive for September, 2011

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September 30, 2011

Miss Sky:”How many more miles to Indianapolis ?”

Me: “40 more miles”

Miss Sky:”That means we have 40 minutes until we are finally home. So we should be pulling in the driveway at 8:44.”

Me looking at the clock: “That’s right.”

Miss Sky didn’t even know she was using math while on vacation :).


All’s Quiet On The Homefront

September 28, 2011

Because we were on vacation :).

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We had lots to prepare for

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Miss Sky searching the weather channel on Roku.

But we are always happy to be back home.

Wishing everyone a great week!

Oh and P.s. Miss Christine Natale, from my Waldorf days, left a wonderful surprise on my About page you must take a peek(like a PDF copy of her entire book of fairy tales).

Just A Strewing

September 21, 2011

Something else I have come to understand about unschooling (This seems to be how all my posts start lately but hey we are learning all the time right?) is why it’s not called child-led. As parents we do not wait for a child to become interested in something, instead, we make our children’s environment interesting by strewing hands-on learning opportunities so new interests are available to light a spark.

At first, this seems pretty easy to do. For instance, I have mentioned we purchased a Roku opening up a whole new world of television shows, documentaries, and movies to be available whenever the interest may strike.

Then I downloaded a free kids browser to make available TONS of free computer games as well as opening up the internet for child-friendly browsing.

Then, of course, there was the addition of a video game console which I have to say has been the best purchase we have made in a long time.

Taking a bit of a detour here Miss Sky was lacking in the logical thinking department not to mention her coordination has always been a bit off too. I have seen a HUGE improvement since she started playing video games like Kingdom hearts in her logical thinking and adding a few fighting games(at Little Sis’s request, man this 5-year-old can kick some butt) has done wonders for her coordination, at one time she had problems jumping over moving obstacles. The best part though has been the closeness we have gained by playing together as a family. Then there is the teamwork aspect but I could go on forever.

Something that’s always been available, books. We have quite a nice library going thanks to Goodwill but one mistake “I” made was purchasing books from “other people’s” lists or taking advice on when or if a book may be appropriate for my children to read. I feel like I have missed *many* opportunities by doing this. So even though our home is filled with lots of books many of them don’t interest my children at all. Just because I like “the classics” doesn’t mean my children will. This is when strewing stops being easy.

Now it is up to us(the parents) to be able to find what might catch our children’s attention. In order to do this, we need to find out what our children’s interests are. Some can be easier to spot like Little Sis’s love for art but it took me blogging to clearly see Miss Sky’s interest in science. Of course, I knew she loved animals but now I see her interest is much deeper than that. It’s up to me to understand this so that I then can find what materials are needed to make our home rich and interesting to her.

A good example of this is once I understood why Miss Sky took such an interest in X-men and The Avengers it made my search for reading materials a lot easier (the only problem now is actually finding “stories” about kids having superpowers, and not the magic type. If you know of any, suggestions are most welcome). I noticed Miss Sky’s interest in Jean Gray’s power, from X-men, and her evolution in becoming the Phoenix.

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With luck I happened to come across a read-aloud that I thought would be perfect for Miss Sky,The Girl With The Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts, and boy was I right(she can even communicate with animals). So read alouds officially have been brought back off the self by her request(woohoo).

Other things that seemed helpful to have around this week were a sewing kit

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There was a need for an animal doctor.

and a subscription to Game Informer.

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I think I may finally be getting the hang of this after all :).

Wishing everyone a great week!

Little Comments

September 20, 2011

Miss Sky: “Mom come here.” Referring to the bathroom after just getting out of the shower.

Miss Sky: “I wrote you a message”

Written on a foggy mirror were the words I Love you mom with a little smiley face.

Me: speechless

Week In Review

September 16, 2011

This week has gone by in a flash I tell you. It seemed all I could do was hang on and enjoy the ride.

Struggling thoughts are going through my mind right now, there is SO much I want to say and yet I am not quite sure how to go about it.

Yesterday we met with a new homeschooling co-op for park day.  I was really hoping this would be “the” one. This is where I want to add what is really going through my mind. Instead, I think I will just leave it that we did indeed have a great time playing and even had a few requests from children wanting to come home with us, seriously (sigh).

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The rest of the week you ask, well we observed a grasshopper learning that crickets are part of the same family and learned their differences.

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Then we sent him back out into the wild.

Little Sis playing at ( she loves the interactive stories and games).

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Dress up games seemed to be all the rage this week on the computer as well as the three of us teaming up to help each other pass levels in the Kingdom Hearts video game(yes, we are hooked).

We found a new series, Iron Man to fill in after finishing all the Avengers episodes (man I sure hope they plan on continuing these shows, they are really good. I have been singing the theme song all morning ).

Then, of course, there is always lots of creating going on as well.

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Life is good friends, wishing everyone a great weekend!

Beboop 🙂

Unschooling In St. Louis

September 14, 2011

“I think the way adults learn is the best way to learn — ask questions, look things up, try things out and get help when it’s needed,” she said. “Kids want to learn. When people unschool their kids, the relationship with the kids becomes the driving force, and it becomes the environment for more learning and more happiness, which primes the pump and you can’t stop it. Try not to learn. You can’t do it.”

Sandra Dodd

I love this quote from the article featured in St. Louis Kids Magazine.

Little Comments

September 14, 2011

Miss Sky: ” Mom, can I play video games ?”

Me: “Are you going to pause your game to help me with dishes ?” Something we talked about earlier.

Miss Sky: “No”

Me trying to look like I’m thinking and not disappointed :” Okay, you can play.”

While I am doing dishes Miss Sky comes in to help rinse.

Me: “I thought you weren’t going to help.”

Miss Sky: “I was testing to see if you would get mad.”

Me: “Well did I pass ?”

Miss Sky just looks at me and smiles. I think I did :).

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September 13, 2011

Little Sis: ” Mom, I know how to spell dress up.”

Me: ” Well let’s hear it.”

Little Sis goes on to spell it correctly.

She is learning to spell and read from typing and playing at KidZui :).

Learning Happens ….

September 12, 2011

once children get really excited about something.

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Miss Sky’s sea monkeys were a success. If only I could  bottle her excitement to share :).

Wishing everyone a great week!

Little Comments

September 10, 2011

Miss Sky commenting as we were coming home from the days outing.

“It’s great that we unschool, now we don’t have to wait to start on a project we can jump right in.”