Archive for September, 2013

Week In The Life (“I Can See For Miles And Miles”)

September 24, 2013

Happy Autumn and what a beautiful Autumn week it was!

This week I talked with another new homeschooler from Papa’s work who pulled their 8th grader out of school. I never thought I, shy me, would ever become a contact person for homeschooling yet here I am talking with complete strangers about something I am really passionate about.

When talking with new homeschoolers I have learned ,from being one myself, not to try and persuade someone into unschooling. Radical unschooling has worked wonderful for our family but that does not mean it will for everyone. It is best to find out what they want from homeschooling and help point them in that direction; however the conversation always comes to what we do and then the questions.

“How do you homeschool more than one class?”

So I thought I would take a moment and explain how unschooling works for our family here in case there are any new readers.

Unschooling means not school. So for us there is no curriculum, there is no subjects, there is no school at home.

So that means no spelling, math worksheets or workbooks (that is what is used in school and the girls don’t go to school, we are unschoolers 😉 ), and reading is not limited to books.

“So how do your children learn these things?”

By living, but new homeschoolers don’t understand that yet because they are still stuck in school. Why if you choose to unschool you *must* deschool.

How my children learn to spell is by them typing on the computer or YouTube on the Wii everyday. They learn to spell by playing video games and reading. They learn to spell by asking “Mom how do you spell…?” 🙂

They read everyday. They read when playing video games, they read while reading magazines, they read by having subtitles on while watching movies and yes by reading books.

They do mathematics everyday too by playing video games, playing board or card games, cooking, looking up video games or merchandise in general to buy, by getting an allowance and saving or borrowing when going shopping.

I didn’t need to have worksheets explaining place value they learned by earning gems on Animal Jam. Miss Sky learned negative numbers by borrowing from her allowance. Mathematics are everywhere including in art and music. Miss Sky has learned SO much geometry just from her drawings alone.

The girls learn by me following their interests and with me setting up a safe place where that learning can flourish. They learn by living just like humans have done for centuries.

Just this year I needed to cut gluten and dairy out from my diet. I needed to learn a whole new way to cook without gluten. I did not need to go to school to learn this, in fact I don’t think school could have prepared me for this because it had no way of knowing gluten and dairy would be a problem for me in the future. In fact school did not teach me to cook period. I learned by working at a small Mom and Pop store when I moved to Indiana at 18 (Thank You Karen!!).

Carrying an egg around for a week did nothing to prepare me for the journey of parenthood. They couldn’t possibly know I would have a child with learning disabilities.

School leads you to believe it is the only place one can learn. School leads you to believe you need a teacher in order to learn. Our family and *several* others has proven otherwise.

If you live you learn, always learning we are. 🙂

Speaking of gluten-free 🙂 I discovered a flourless vegan banana peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe that is delish.

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http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/gluten-free-vegan-banana-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

I used honey instead of agave. Now I know how to use all those over ripe bananas that I used to bake banana bread with.

I mentioned Autumn and beautiful weather well another walk and visit to the apple orchard was suggested

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as well as backyard fires.

Speaking of games

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(While waiting on dinner)

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(SimAnimals)

and Little Sis has been on a reading kick reading just about anything she can get her hands on.

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More Cosplay designs form Miss Sky

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and just because from Little Sis.

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My Little Pony has made it’s way into our home

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(Love the cutie marks)

and a Roger Rabbit family movie.

Wishing peace for your own journey.

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Week In The Life (“Curiosity Killed The Cat You Know ?” )

September 16, 2013

“I Know.” 🙂

This weekend our local history museum, Connor Prairie, held a curiosity fair. With perfect temps in the 70s we couldn’t resist.

I will be honest and say most of the attractions the girls either already knew, which as a homeschooling family put a smile on my face, or had seen before with the exception of the egg catapult.

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It was fun trying to see if we could keep a catapulted egg from cracking

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but of course we failed. We had our eggs really secure too I think with different supplies we could have done it. Who knows maybe we will have to try again. 🙂

I was happy to see a washing machine, though not exactly like my grandmothers but close enough, that I loved helping my grandma do laundry with.

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Friday was wash day and I loved helping my grandmother wash then rinse and hang the laundry out to dry. Even though she had an electric washer and dryer she still did her laundry this way until it became too hard for her.

The original 1823 Connor Homestead (a fur trader and Indiana statesman) which overlooks acres of beautiful prairie, hence it’s name.

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As many times as we have been we always learn something new. This time we learned the reason they didn’t have closets was because every room in the house was taxed including the closets.

Next was visits to 1836 Prairietown but our favorite was the new 1863 Civil War Journey.

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It depicted actions of real people based on letters and historic research of an attack by General Morgan and the confederates on the town of Dupont.

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The girls learned a lot and we had a very interesting conversation on how scary it would have been to live during that time. It also helps to have a husband who pretty much knows everything about the Civil War, it is his favorite time period.

No visit is ever complete without animals.

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Miss Sky found a new game at gogirlsgames.com called Block Story she has been playing most of the week

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and of course there is always Minecraft

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and games (but you already knew that I’m sure).

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Oh how I love homeschooling!

Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (Apples, Apples, Crickets)

September 12, 2013

I don’t know about where you live but here we have an over abundance of crickets. I mean crickets are everywhere! So this week you could find some of us chasing around trying to catch the ones that found their way in our home to release outdoors(some of us think it unlucky to kill a cricket). Others, like myself, have been whacking the heck out of them. Sorry but there is only so much sleep I will lose over an insect.

Anyways, a new chalkboard drawing and poem has been added for September. I think it really speaks of what September means to all of us as plans of apple butter and applesauce has made it’s way onto the to do list.

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Before the extreme heat wave we endured games were being enjoyed outdoors, sometimes just a change of scenery is all that is needed.

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Miss Sky has been busy creating her own cosplay designs

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and Little Sis has been researching gemstones all starting from Miss Sky wanting to know her birthstone.

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Then back indoors it has been with Little Sis and I finally finishing the story Beezus and Ramona and Little Sis reading me Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel, again flying right through.

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The rest of the week has been more laid back by watching My Little Pony, the Ramona and Beezus movie and Disney’s Reluctant Dragon taking us behind the scenes of how all the special effects of Disney’s animated movies are done. Miss Sky loved seeing how the sound effects are made.

I am so ready for the 70s weather temps this weekend is going to bring maybe, just maybe the crickets will not need to search so hard for cooler temps and lives can be spared. 🙂

Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (Peaches, Tomatoes, Corn, And Apples Grow)

September 2, 2013

Or more simply put the week of staying cool but that didn’t sound like a very good title. 🙂

I guess summer wasn’t completely done with us after all. Really I can’t complain we haven’t needed the air conditioner much this year but this weeks humidity had Papa filling the kiddie pool again.

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Inspired play from Life of Pi which was our family movie of the week.

There was cicada shell hunts with Big Sis and Little Sis

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(Picture by Big Sis)

and surprise garage sale presents from Papa too.

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I love Papa surprises(The empty jar is now the new home for our rice and yes more tomato sauce).

New drawings,

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some reading,

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and games, bringing Wizard Junior out of retirement.

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There was a Not Back To School gathering of homeschoolers where we met some very sweet new friends.

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With the apple orchard being so close to our favorite park we decided a hike and apple slushies’ sounded good

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and brought home a few treats.

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Yes ready for Fall we are. 🙂

Peace for the journey.