Archive for September, 2012

A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers/ Wii Are Family

September 27, 2012

I said I was going to post very soon. 🙂

Oh where to even begin, I have a whole page of notes. I guess I will just dive right in.

I myself felt we may have hit a plateau in our learning always playing and doing the same ol same ol so I thought maybe it was time to shake things up a bit with some new reading, viewing, and playing tools.

I have previously mentioned how Miss Sky and Papa enjoy playing the game Begone(on the computer) well Miss Sky has pretty much been playing that and Minecraft these last two weeks. I also have been using Pinterest to my advantage by giving the girls each their own boards to pin things they see or find that interest them or that they would like. I noticed one of the games the girls added to the list was GoldenEye 007 for the Wii. I thought with Miss Sky’s renewed interested in fighting games that maybe this was just what the doctor ordered, so to a Gamestop we did go( and I was right, it was perfect).

It is a four player game so we all can play together as a family and even have teams. Okay I want to mention that this game does need a nunchuk attached to the controller which also means you need to be able to use both hands to play, something I am going just come out and say that I suck at!

Not to mention if you want to do more than just turn in circles or shoot, like maybe change your weapon out(you can run out of ammo), or use any of your mines, or look at your map, or duck, or run away you need to be able to do it all by using both hands *at the same time*!  So it is pretty safe to say the girls kicked our butts.

I still am in disbelief of how fast the girls caught on to the game. If that was not enough Miss Sky added salt to injury by making comments like “You need to look at other players screens to see where everyone is to sneak up on them.” I barely was able to look at my own screen to see where *I *was let alone any one elses. She is so good she didn’t even have to shoot us she just came up behind us a hit us with her gun.

We also played Super Mario Brothers as a family making it all the way to level 8.

I mentioned Minecraft? Yes for both girls

as well as Play-Doh and painting for Little Sis.Movies? Yes lots of family movie time. For starters we watched some old favorites like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beauty and the Beast. Then we watched Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland which we loved! I think Tim Burton did a wonderful job combining the 2 Alice books and as always the graphics were amazing (and the acting), but then again we are *huge* Burton fans and may be a bit biased.

Lets see there was more Fruits Basket, and Martha Speaks episodes, and Mulan. “I am watching it this time to pay closer attention to the scenery.” Just one of Miss Sky’s drawingsand Little Sis decided she would make some rice (which also makes great confetti 🙂 ).

Kingdom Hearts? Like you needed to ask, I surprised the girls with the rest of the Kingdom Heart manga (that I found used at Better World Books)both girls have already finished the books.

There was another visit to the apple orchard and we paid a visit to Half Price Books to see if they had any more Fruits Basket manga, and they did. The girls found something that caught their attention as well and have been conducting many spell experiments of their own.Last but not least the girls still have been drawing, drawing away,and because no post would be complete without one of Little Sis’s drawings.

Such a good life!


Little Comments

September 27, 2012

These past few days/week we have been kicking back as a family enjoying each others company (post coming very soon). There of course never is a dull moment (even when communicating with our oldest all the way in San Fran via Facebook 😉 ).

The girls lately have enjoyed watching Disney movies with the volume muted adding in their own dialect. While setting up characters I overheard Little Sis call one character by my first name saying “that is (me)”.

Me: ” What did you say my name was?” (it is not everyday I hear my kiddoes call me by my first name you know).

Little Sis: “What because I didn’t say that is mom? Well you call me (add her name here) instead of daughter.”

Why do I get the feeling my kids are going to surpass my intelligence?


Little Comments

September 21, 2012

While explaining multiplication to Little Sis,

Me:” So 4 times 2 means two fours or 4 plus 4 which equals?”

Little Sis:” 8 ”

Me:” Right, so 4 times 4 means 4 fours which equals?”

Little Sis:” 16 ”

Me with my jaw open in disbelief of how fast she figured the correct answer out. “Right, how did you come up with the answer?” (because it could have been a lucky guess).

Little Sis: “Well 4 plus 4 is 8 and 8 plus 8 is 16 so 4 times 4 is 16.”

Me: “Well okay then, as long as you understand what it means to multiply I guess we are done.”



“Let Your Kids Break Stuff”

September 19, 2012

Okay this was just too good to wait to post. So maybe grab a cup of cocoa(I did 🙂 ), sit back and enjoy the wisdom of Neil Degrasse Tyson.

“Try joy”

September 18, 2012

It is a beautiful pre-fall day here in Indy, perfect for a hot cuppa tea. 🙂

I have written a lot this past year of how unschooling has not only changed our girls life but mine (and Papa’s) as well. It has completely opened my eyes to so many things, helped me find true happiness (I mean joy), and gain peace from my painful childhood. This past year has been the most awaking year of my life.

How you may ask, from our family rejecting a pre-packaged life(and the many wonderful writings of unschooling moms who have already traveled this path before me). Today’s “reading a little” comes from one of those writings by Sandra Dodd.

~” Part of the pre-packaged life Americans are issued is the idea that happiness comes after college, after home ownership, after the new car. The stick that holds that carrot will not bend. If happiness depends on performance and acquisition, how long will it last? How long is your car the newest on your street before unhappiness returns?

Here’s a little paradigm shift for you to practice on. Perhaps happiness shouldn’t be the primary goal. Try joy. Try the idea that it might be enJOYable to cook, to set the table, to see your family, rather than the idea that you’ll be happy after dinner’s done and cleaned up. My guess is that such happiness might last a couple of seconds before you look around and see something else between you and happiness. Joy, though, can be ongoing, and can be felt before, during and after the meeting of goals.”~

You can read the rest here

A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers/ In Pictures With Miss Sky

September 13, 2012

Miss Sky is a bit harder to snap pictures of because she is here then there and back here again but I think this weeks pictures show this.

Mornings for her usually begin with YouTube searches on the telly or with her outdoors.  🙂“Mom our spider got lucky this morning.” (with a grasshopper breakfast).

The only thing I didn’t take a picture of is her playing Kingdom Hearts and of us(Little Sis included) watching Avatar The Last Airbender.

Life is good!

A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers/ In Pictures With Little Sis

September 11, 2012

Since I have found myself a bit busy to keep notes at this time, I thought why not pictures? So here is Little Sis’s week in action.

(Sad Girl, manga character)

Oh and yes those are all her notebooks, each one tells a different story. I meant what I said about the girls drawing up a storm.

It’s a good life. 🙂

Little Comments

September 6, 2012

While I was narrowing down our bookshelves looking to free ourselves of any books the girls may have outgrown(and to make room for new interests).

Little Sis: “Here mom you can get rid of Go Dogs Go, I am past this book now.”


A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers/ Spring Forward, Falling Behind

September 4, 2012

Now that “school” for us doesn’t have a beginning or end (always learning we are) I have noticed our own natural rhythm beginning to take shape around these parts.

I thought that this summer would find us busier then what we were and that it would be the best time for us to take a break from keeping attendance records. However I have found it harder for me to keep track of everything the girls have been up to now at the start of fall. So I am thinking that instead of fall being our “official” start of the new “school” year that this year I will continue keeping attendance through summer and let fall be the season when I slack off. Then I can start keeping attendance records again at the start of the new year in January. Of course I am learning this may all change from year to year but now I understand how to make it work best for us. (I want to add that this does not change anything for the girls, they will continue living and learning as they know it. I am finding myself busier during this season and having a much harder time trying to keep track of this or that.)

None of this probably makes any sense to anyone but me but I thought I would share. Here in Indiana the homeschooling law requires us to have 180 days of school recorded. It doesn’t “have to” be the same schedule as public school. This is our second year unschooling and now I can see how ridiculous it is for us to follow the same schedule as public school. Part of the wonderful joys of homeschooling is having the freedom to make a schedule that works best for your family.

Now then what have the girls been up to? Well I did my best to write down a few things and know I have forgotten tons more. So here it all is in a nutshell.

Kingdom Hearts? Yes, not only the video game but the girls also created Kingdom Hearts characters to play the video game Sims2. They also found a Kingdom Hearts Wiki page that has been keeping them busy.

We have already made our first visit to the apple orchard for apples and slushies and need to make another one as our apple supply is gone (this family loves apples).

Movies? (Besides finishing up the series Lord of the Rings, which inspires lots of play around here.)

Yes, the anime movie Whisper Of The Heart, which went over very well with both girls, and the Disney movie Mulan, a Disney family favorite. These movies have fit right in with us rewatching the anime series Fruits Basket and even stirred more creativity

with the girls creating their own Japanese menus.

We played Super Mario Brothers on the Wii as a family and the girls have been getting in with the games at Girls Go with Little Sis’s favorite being Pony Adventure.

The girls also have been playing around with the WebCam with Miss Sky especially discovering how to use the special effects.

Life is good!