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A Year In The Life 2012/ Part 3 (The Arts Of Language Or Just Plain Arts)

January 19, 2013

Alright let’s finally wrap up 2012 and be done with it. ūüôā

I want to start out this post by saying I almost messed up reading in our household. I have written previously of my journey into reading and the letting go of my “book worship” by realizing how much “reading” both girls do on a daily¬†basis. I found out along the way that the very books other homeschooling circles dismissed as “twaddle” ¬†were what the girls actually enjoyed reading and why would I not want my daughters to enjoy reading? Once I got past this hurdle reading took off in our home *beyond* any of my expectations.¬†I also realized the point of learning to read is to be able to gather information.

If my children were in school they would be taught all the fundamentals of reading and writing. They would need to know how to read and write to be able to read the textbooks (which many schools now use tablets) and answer questions or write reports so the teacher can make sure the child understands what they are reading. They need to be able to read and write to pass tests.

Since we unschool we do not use textbooks as our only resource to gather information. There are more ways to gather information than just books. Since we unschool I am with my children all day and since we do have conversations and they ask me questions when they have them I know what they are learning. There is no need for them to take tests.

Both girls are able to use the computer and research¬†any questions they may have. Both girls are quite capable of finding video games, games, books, movies, YouTube videos, recipes, crafts or just about anything they might want to use to further their knowledge. As their facilitator I help fill in the cracks with anything they might have missed or didn’t even know they would like. I set up our “nest” with lots of¬†interesting¬†things that I might find that could spark curiosity. Maybe it’s a new puzzle.

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Maybe it’s a new poem I might write on the chalkboard that is in our kitchen.

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Another example is we have a table that I set different things on in our living room like maybe one week there might be new magazines or different pods or seeds we found while hiking. Right now there is a holder filled with pens and pencils and a Christmas word search and game tablet that my dad sent us. The girls are surrounded by information.

One more example I will use is Miss Sky found a book about the Titanic *she* loves. I noticed not very long ago on Netflix there was a BBC miniseries about the Titanic and asked if she wanted to watch it with me and she did. Papa and I love music, I mean all sorts of music from Jimmie Rogers to Foo Fighters. So I didn’t hesitate adding a CD filled with songs that was played during the Titanic’s voyage to our collection. Which led Papa down the rabbit trail of discovering Scott Joplin which led the girls to making their own black and white silent movies. This is what unschooling looks like in our home.

So now with all that being said what were the girls favorite resources we used in 2012 to help learn the art of language?

2012 was all about comic books, manga and anime so I think I will start with Disney create. This is one of the girls most favorite websites. The girls learned how to create all kinds of animation

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, flip books and lots of comic books.

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The more research the girls do on-line, especially Miss Sky reading video game and game console reviews (she researched both the Wii and 3 DS to make sure they were what she wanted) the better their spelling and typing get.

Little Sis realized she could read this year. I give her playing video games on the computer, like Animal Jam, most all the credit. Miss Sky’s spelling¬†increased¬†tremendously by her wanting to make sure her words were spelled correctly while talking to the other “jammers”.

Their vocabulary also increased tremendously thanks to their love of the television show Martha Speaks. This led the girls wanting  to read the original stories by Susan Meddaugh

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and to creating all kinds of works of art.

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The X-men cartoons on Netflix introduced the girls to the world of science fiction and comic books.

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The video game Kingdom Hearts introduced the girls to the world of Manga where Little Sis pieced together she could read more than her favorite book series Elephant and Piggie.

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Which led the girls to creating their own manga stories

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and Miss Sky researching character and plot developments from her favorite video games for her own characters development.

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Since sketch books can get a little pricey, for us anyhow, the girls learned how to create rough drafts by first using notebooks to sketch out their story.

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(Little Sis)

Miss Sky has also been watching the behind the scenes of how animated movies are made and has been using her walls like a draft  story board. The girls like to mute movies and come up with their own story-lines too which can get rather silly at times.

Magazines? Miss Sky loved her subscriptions to Ranger Rick and Nintendo Power last year however Nintendo Power has stopped publishing and she has moved on from Ranger Rick with the magazine Otaku USA.

Little Sis loved her My Big Backyard (now Ranger Rick Jr.) and Hi Five magazines

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but she too feels it is time to move on with Ranger Rick and Lego magazine. She also liked her subscription to the Highlights Puzzle Club.

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The stories Alice in Wonderland and Fruits Basket( with the girls getting me hooked on my first manga series) played a really big part in our year too.

Last but not least we love playing the games Disney Apples to Apples (with poison apples using opposites), Disney Pictionary, Charades,and hangman (which is a fun use of the chalkboard too).

Yes I think we had a very productive year and want to end these posts by saying all of it came by me following the girls interests. No curriculum, no forced worksheets, no forced anything. Every single thing I listed from this year’s review posts was what *they* wanted to do.

2013 here we come!

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A Year In The Life/ Part 2 (Don’t Know Much About Social Studies)

January 12, 2013

Last year Disney played a *huge* part in the girls learning. I myself let go of my “commercialism” pride and know what the girls learned to be better consumers by me giving them the choice instead of being all-controlling about it.

Looking back over the year I definitely give the Disney video game Kingdom Hearts credit for the new-found love of all things Disney. In fact I give the video game Kingdom Hearts credit for most of the girls learning last year period.

Then again I think it was the original X-men cartoon that led Miss Sky on the learning journey of mythical creatures with her love of the phoenix then the discovery of Ology World then the book Mosterology then Egyptology, Dragonolgy, Wizardology, and finally Mythology.

http://www.ologyworld.com/

So this led to watching Disney’s Mulan and learning about¬†Ancient China, honor, gender discrimination, the¬†Great Wall of China,¬†and the Huns.

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Then there was Arthurian myths and legends and watchings of The Sword in the Stone, learning about King Arthur, the wizard Merlin, more mythical creatures, and the history of magic.

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Which led to Robin Hood, and discussions of the crusades.

The Disney movie Hercules launched discussions about Greek Mythology, gods, goddess and its difference and similarities from Norse Mythology.

The movie Tarzan led us into the Victorian time period with discussions of Queen Victoria, fashions, houses (there are some beautiful Victorian houses in downtown Greenfield), which led us to watch the Titanic miniseries and talks of class division.

http://www.amazon.com/Titanic-Toby-Jones/dp/B0074JODXU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362503205&sr=8-1&keywords=titanic+miniseries

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101 Dalmatians led us around London, Beauty and The Beast took us around France, and Aladdin into the Middle East.

Pocahontas brought us to the States with the founding of Jamestown, talks of King James, and the age of exploration.

We had a 2012 presidential election, debates, voting, and change.

The love of the video game Kingdom Hearts introduced us to the world of Anime, Manga and the discovery of the story Furuba or Fruits Basket(which we love!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruits_Basket

Which led us to Japan

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and visits to Kids Commons in the city of Columbus and the Chinese Zodiac.

I think besides Disney, Pinterest was a great help in learning about Japan from every possible angle. We learned about food,

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customs, religion, architecture, clothes, and vegetation.

We also learned about Madagascar Africa and Miss Sky was paid a visit from her twin Pen Pals who were doing a coast to coast road trip from California.

Miss Sky learned map skills by tracking her E-bay purchases, watching the weather channel and playing video games like 007 and Globe Trot from Wii Party.

Other favorite supplies were the Little Travelers DVDs.

http://thelittletravelers.com/

We also dined in the Historic Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and MuseumDSCF5393

and The Kopper Kettle. Both are well worth the drive.

I thought I would explain a bit more how we use Pinterest¬†for¬†“strewing” in our home not only because I love Pinterest but it really¬†is a huge help.

At first I gave each of the girls their own boards on my account but these quickly spread out into more boards as their interests grew. Miss Sky, myself, and now Little Sis contribute to boards created to hold some of our favorite art work (Miss Sky has really taken interest in Asian artisans), vintage fashions, and  a board titled What About Earth where we pin pictures of food, clothes, or anything that interests us from different cultures around the globe.

Miss Sky really took interest in different cultures this year. She has also taken a big interest in historical fashions and set designs. While at Goodwill she has been collecting vintage objects like records or things that might be part of the 90s household to use as props while she films. She even wants to try sushi.

It really has been a fun year. ūüôā

Well up next is Language Arts.

A Year In The Life 2012/ Part 1 (Math and Science)

January 3, 2013

What a year we had. So many, many positive changes. Not just learning wise but in ourselves too.

At first glance while looking back I thought our year might look a little thin but as I starting listing everything I myself was amazed how full our year was. This year we did not do as many external activities as I would have¬†liked but Miss Sky really wanted to stay home more and Little Sis didn’t mind one bit.

It was much harder for me to categorize our year because everything connects to everything. For example art connects with history, math, science, social studies, language arts, and geography. When listening to The Beatles music for instance let’s take the album Sgt. Pepper I can connect all those categories. Music is filled with math, what was happening in history while the album was out? What was the UK like? Oh they have a Queen, how is their government different from ours? Songs are a form of poetry, and what is with all the colors and hair? Which brings me back to art.

Not to mention there¬†is SO much more learning¬†taking place on the¬†inside that I can¬†not even begin to capture. Like learning to read so many pieces need to be in place before one can actually begin to read. There might have been connections made that I will not know about until next year ,or the next year, or…

So instead I like to think of this more as a chapter from a novel. It is just one part of the whole story and though it could stand on its own it will make much more sense once completed.

*Mathematics (dum te dum, please tell me I am not the only one who hears musical notes when this word is said. ūüôā ):

~Little Sis (what didn’t she learn?) addition, subtraction, place value, telling time, money, critical thinking, strategic thinking, spatial skills, probability, reading a grid, geometry, buying and comparing prices.

I mean this child at 7 can find the best priced computer game she wants on E-bay and pin it to Pinterest for me to order. These kids know more about games, books and the supplies they need at the best prices than I do.

*Her favorite supplies (the *her* is very important is these sections, this is not my list but theirs):

Putt-Putt Saves The Zoo

http://www.amazon.com/Putt-Putt-Saves-Zoo-Pc/dp/B00002S6GE/ref=sr_1_1?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1357248582&sr=1-1&keywords=putt+putt+saves+the+zoo

Putt-Putt Pep’s Birthday Surprise

http://www.amazon.com/Putt-Peps-Birthday-Surprise-Pc/dp/B00009EFZ5/ref=sr_1_1?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1357248669&sr=1-1&keywords=Putt+Putt+Peps+birthday+surprise

Minecraft and Animal Jam(which to me counts in every category)

The games Bingo, Toss Up, Frog Juice, Wizard Junior, Rummikub, and Checkers.DSCF5753

~Miss Sky

Critical thinking, problem solving, strategic thinking, estimation, rounding, savings, decimals, percentages(Goodwill 50% sales), probability, spatial skills, comparison shopping(E-bay), budgeting(allowance and saving to get a 3DS), geometry, running a business and household.

*Her supplies, She would rather play video games: The Sims 2,

http://www.amazon.com/Sims-2-Playstation/dp/B000AOEUPC/ref=sr_1_1_title_2?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1357249503&sr=1-1&keywords=Sims+2

Thrillville

http://www.amazon.com/Thrillville-Playstation-2/dp/B000GI7LOO/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1357249544&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Thrillville

Minecraft, Family Game Night 3 Life, Begone(on the computer), Kingdom Hearts.DSCF5713Our favorite new games as a family Mario Party 8, 007, and Wii Party

*Science

At first I thought I wouldn’t have a whole lot to post here but then I came to technology and boom.

~Miss Sky

Lots of talks about evolution, animals, hurricanes, the Ice Age and learning the difference between mastodons and mammoths. She even came up with her own fiber experiment finding polyfill to be the least absorbent than cotton or wool.DSCF5418

She learned how to create her own video games at Sploder.com, make movies with cut scenes using the Webcam on the computer and with her Nintendo 3DS and used all kinds of sound and special effects.Snapshot_20120902

*Her favorite supplies were the Walking series from BBC, Ranger Rick Magazine, The New How Things Work by David Macaulay, Nintendo 3DS, Webcam, and Sploder.com. http://www.sploder.com/

Little Sis learned how to make movies and use special effects with her 3DS too.

~This next list is for both girls that we (or they) did together

They learned the evolution of the dog and breeds by playing Nintendo Dogs on their DS,

http://www.amazon.com/Nintendogs-Dachshund-Friends-nintendo-ds/dp/B0009UBR3K/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1357252207&sr=1-1&keywords=Nintendo+dogs

reading the companion Nintendo Dogs guide, and with us watching our yearly Thanksgiving Day tradition of the Dog Show.

We watched the movies Tron 1 and 2 as well as the Transformers and Marvel movies Iron Man 1 and 2, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers checking out the computer graphics and seeing how much they have changed.

We tried and failed to grow an indoor herb garden (this year I am trying outdoors)

We experimented with which substance makes the best fake blood and found food coloring to be our favorite.

We hiked at our favorite park during each season.DSCF5679We observed the life cycle of a robin by first seeing the proud parents build their nest, then lay their eggs,DSCF5488 hatch,DSCF5565and finally fly the nest.

We paid a visit to the Indiana State Museum006and the St. Louis Zoo.DSCF5579Both girls played with Instant Snow and Little Sis loved her My Big Backyard subscription but has asked to be upgraded to Ranger Rick this year.

Up next History, Geography, and Social Studies (Whew).

More Little Comments

November 2, 2012

While I was typing this weeks blog post.

Little Sis: “I just realized there are 3 different kinds of to. There is too, two, and to.”¬† Spelling each one out to me.

Then we went into¬†talking about¬†what each one meant. Little Sis actually knew the difference. I told her how there¬†are adults who still get them confused which she smiled at me and said “really?”.

I wanted to add this to my Little Comments collection because Little Sis learned how to read, write, and spell by playing games on the computer. The only workbooks she ever had were ones she picked out¬†to do. She has never had a spelling, grammar, or vocabulary¬†test like Miss Sky yet she herself was able to figure this out. ūüôā

A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers/ Don’t Flip Out

November 2, 2012

So¬†I hope you are not¬†tired of hearing about Sandy yet. Like I mentioned in last weeks post we do not watch the news. I see headlines when checking¬† e-mail on the computer but I choose not to read them, though sometimes I do take the bait then regret it later. However I would be lying if I didn’t¬†mention that hurricane Sandy did have something to do with our learning this week.

“What is a hurricane?, Where is the east coast(while pulling out the map),¬†wow that is not very far from us?, Which states will be most affected?” These questions¬†came up¬†in the first place because we felt the winds clear over here in Indiana. These questions were brought out of pure curiosity not fear.

That night I also just so happened to watch a PBS Nova documentary hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson titled The Next Big Thing where they talked about how technology is being used to predict hurricanes and how they are trying to find ways to predict when an earthquake might hit. This documentary took our conversations even farther (then¬†the whole part about robots and technology¬†stimulated Miss Sky’s curiosity even more).”Why are so many people afraid of technology?”

Halloween also played a part in our week, not just the dressing up going door to door getting candy part but the picking out what to wear and what makes the best blood part. By the way food coloring does.

So a Goodwill we did go. Halloween costumes was not the only thing that interested Miss Sky. I have mentioned how Miss Sky is getting in with fashion, she has experimented with a few items from her closet( uhem), so I promised she could look for some more clothes the next time we went. She found a few shirts, skirts, and dresses to experiment with. She is¬†trying to come¬†up with “realistic” costumes for her manga characters and actually testing how well they would really work if ever in battle. ūüôā

Speaking of manga busy, busy the girls have been creating their stories on paper,(Little Sis’s character Sad Girl)and at Disney Create.

Miss Sky likes to use Disney create to help create the image in her mind then she can copy it down on paper (just a few of her creations).

Then both girls spent time using Disney Create’s flip book program making real¬†moving anime. They are getting very good at making splashes,part of Little Sis’s flip book.

Both girls spent time playing Minecraft and Animal Jam. Kingdom Hearts? Yep Miss Sky’s been reading at the Kingdom Heart wiki page a lot learning more about the characters. I think it helps her to come up with personalities for her own characters. She is very serious about¬†wanting to write¬†her own manga.

Family movies? We pulled out our old favorites, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Disney’s legend Of Sleepy Hollow, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and we like to watch episodes of The Munsters and Addams Family.

Speaking of episodes we found a new anime series to watch together called XXXholics that we really like.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6052

My thoughts and prayers this week have been with those hit by Sandy along the east coast. As we enter into the season of Thanksgiving it is time once again for our family to bring out the blessings jar( each time we think of something to be thankful for we place a “gem” in the jar. Each gem is worth $.10 at the end of December we count up the gems and donate the money to a local charity. Maybe this year we will donate to the Red Cross).We truly do have so much to be thankful for this year.

Wishing everyone peace for the journey.

Little Comments

November 2, 2012

Monday Little Sis turns 7. So we will be celebrating her birthday this weekend.

A tradition that Papa and I started for birthdays when we married was to give each other the day off (because we didn’t have money for gifts). Well we have carried this tradition over with our children. So¬†Saturday Little Sis gets the day to do and eat whatever it is she would like (using common sense of course).

Me: “What would you like for your birthday meals?”

Little Sis: ” I want homemade chicken noodle soup and for dinner homemade fried chicken with homemade macaroni and cheese.” (She loves chicken.)

Me: “Okay what would you like for breakfast, and do you want a cake?”

Little Sis: “No, no cake but could you make homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast like you did for sissy?”

Me: ” If you want cinnamon rolls for breakfast you got it. You don’t want cake?”

Little Sis: ” No I really just want chicken for my birthday.”

This year none of us had cake for our birthdays. Papa had homemade banana¬†pudding, I had root beer floats, Miss Sky just wanted cinnamon rolls, and Little Sis wants chicken. This year we all realized that none of us really like cake, so why would we eat it? ūüôā

“Candy Gets Dusty”

October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Todays “reading a little” was waiting for me in my e-mail this morning from Sandra Dodd’s inspirational blog Just Add Light And Stir. Perfect timing I would say.¬†¬†ūüôā

“Since my kids were little they could have all the Halloween candy they wanted, and since they were little that has been no problem at all, because by the time they gave away what they didn’t like and traded for favorites, and saved it and shared it with kids who came over for the next few weeks, there was still candy left. I have very often found the sorting boxes (a Xerox box lid or cardboard Coke flat) months later, and one year when it was nearly Halloween again, Kirby threw out the last of the candy from the year before. (Ditto for Christmas and Easter candy, some years.)

We were confident that it was control, not access, that made kids eat, do and want “too much” before we ever considered unschooling. Others come to the idea the other way around‚ÄĒunschooling first and releasing other control-urges later. ‚ÄĒSandra Dodd”

I have always been one of those parents who allowed the girls to eat all the candy they wanted Halloween night and they have never ate so much where they got sick. In fact last year Miss Sky used some of her candy for experiments.

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Speaking of experiments, I love the experiment over at the blog Unbounded Ocean.

http://unboundedocean.wordpress.com/

She filled a bucket full of candy and left it out for her son to eat whenever he wanted. As of this week it still has candy ūüôā

You can read more about how other unschoolers handle Halloween candy here.

http://sandradodd.com/eating/halloween

Wishing everyone a safe, yet fun night.

A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers/ Peace For The Journey

October 25, 2012

These last few weeks I have been doing a lot of thinking, I know usually the thinking part is what gets me in trouble but hey there are lots to think about these days (too much actually).

Our family has been through quite a bit of changes here lately, some you are all aware of like radical unschooling and all the lessons we’ve learned from that. Some personal that I choose not to write about.

When making the switch to radical unschooling I decided to be as honest about our journey as possible without diving too deep into those personal matters, I mean we deserve some privacy.

I had many of the same fears about whether it would work or if I was doing the right thing. That is why we decided to work on our families relationship first, if learning happened during that time great but learning was not our first priority.

For our family one of those principles, I mentioned about last week, is our relationship with one another. Papa and my relationship, our girls and our relationship, and the relationship between the girls (which still is our first priority). During that time I began “reading a little, trying a little, waiting awhile, and watching” and have faced many(most) of those fears(as well as many other fears too). I changed my perspective of the world and¬†looked for¬†joy¬†when sometimes there just didn’t seem any to be found. I began ending my posts with “life is good” because really it is.

This last¬†week sadness found its way into our lives, not sadness that¬†touched us personally with loved ones we know face to face but¬†in the¬†on-line community( and not just with one family). For me it was a big reminder that for some life may not¬†look good right now. That right now life seems pretty harsh. Then I began thinking about our economy and how many people we do know face to face are out of work and hurting financially and how they might be having a¬†much harder time seeing life as being good right now. Which reminded me that sometimes I myself can have a hard time finding the good too. So that got me thinking that maybe I shouldn’t end my blog that way.

Don’t get me wrong I know that life is full of sadness everyday and we can’t¬†allow it take up¬†residence in our hearts. I¬†remember when Papa and I delivered newspapers and¬†since I was the one rolling them I also was the one reading the front page daily and¬†literally¬†could feel the negativity taking hold of my body, which is why we do not watch the news or take the paper now. The more we focus on negativity the more negative we become and negativity does not help unschooling.

http://sandradodd.com/negativity

I have always wanted my blog to be a positive place to read. Life is a journey full of ups and downs and lessons to be learned and though I mostly want to remember our ups,¬†if sharing some of¬†our homeschooling struggles can help someone else to feel better about their own¬†then I’m happy to share our downs too. Which brings me back to honesty. ūüôā

So I think from now on I will end my posts with peace, peace for the journey because that is something I hope we all find in our hearts along the way.

SO what about unschooling you ask? This week takes us on a journey into myths and legends starting with the Michael Woods documentary Myths and Heros. This is one of those learning adventures that I have found myself on and asked if Miss Sky wanted to join me. She did and we had many, many conversations about the Bible and the Queen of Sheba this week because of it.

Then there was more 007 and Mario Party 8 as a family and we decided to play some bingo too.Miss Sky decided to read the Kingdom Hearts manga yet againand worked more on her own manga story.

It is a story of good versus evil with a little magic thrown in. I want to mention that Miss Sky uses notebooks as her rough draft to get a feel of how she wants her pictures to look, then she adds them into the more expensive art books. So actually the pictures above are flip-flopped.

Yes you know Little Sis got into the drawing action as well.There was more Minecraft and Miss Sky found yet another on-line game called Endless Forest to play.

http://tale-of-tales.com/TheEndlessForest/

Both girls played a bit more with the webcam and made their own silent movie using Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer from YouTube as background music.They also made their own talk-show called The Me and You Show. I would upload but they were a bit mad at me after finding out about uploading their last video and have forbid me to upload anymore.¬† So I guess you will just have to wait until they become rich and famous. ūüôā

This weeks family movie was The Lion King 1 1/2. Even though the girls can watch television anytime they like we still like to have a family movie night to involve Papa in our learning adventures too.

I really do hope those suffering their own sadness this week will find peace,

peace for the journey.

Little Comments

October 23, 2012

While playing the video game Kingdom Hearts (yes again).

Little Sis: “Mom have you noticed Sora is the only one to wield (I love her vocabulary choices) his keyblade? It’s like Thor and his hammer.”

Connections, so many connections. ūüôā

I also want to mention, though the connection was made awhile back, Miss Sky was very quick to point out the connection between The Lord of the Rings and Norse Mythology.

A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers/ It’s The Principle Of The Matter

October 18, 2012

Wow, I still can’t believe I am labeling these posts under 12 years old already. Then very soon to add 7 years old (ach, where has time gone?). I will say I am so glad I let go of keeping up with the girls “grades” and went instead with years, because the “grade” you’re in really doesn’t mean anything. Some kids in 6th grade¬†shouldn’t be there, some maybe should have stayed in 5th and some should be taking college courses. If there is anything to romanticize¬†from the past I think it should be the one room schoolhouse. Just¬†one more thing¬†to add to my ever-growing why I homeschool list I guess.

Anyway(ahem), Pinterest played a really big part in these last few weeks. I have mentioned previously how the girls have their own boards (that are growing more popular than my own ūüôā ) but they have added more¬†boards to my account including one Miss Sky¬†started called vintage fashions.

In my last post I wrote how Miss Sky enjoys learning about history, well I think learning about fashions from the past is one of the reasons why. She also likes to gather ideas from her pins for her own character’s outfits. I know I have said this before but this is a huge example of why we(parents)¬†shouldn’t be negative of our children’s interests. We never know where they might lead.

*Warning, long detoured rant ahead*

I know I have been coming down hard on Waldorf education lately and really it is not up to me how someone wants to educate their children, I guess since we started unschooling I have been able to see first hand how one interest can connect to another. So many parents want to get rid of their televisions but it was television and video games that stirred my daughters biggest passion to learn right now.

I guess it is because we literally went from yelling and screaming and tears about why we needed to learn and do certain things, like cursive, to a child who *loves* to learn. I mean real passions, real interests and I know we are *not* the only ones. What a difference a year has made!

I think so many people are drawn to Waldorf education because it paints a picture of families reading aloud in front of a fire, knitting and smiling and loving each other. It instills a love of nature in a very technical world. It brings families closer together right? But what if you have a child that hates knitting or being outside because of bugs, those children are not happily learning. I mean they are learning but not what *you* think they are. They are learning that as soon as they turn 18 they are moving out and going to get a damn TV and play video games for however long they want and maybe not visit. That of course is over exaggerating but I will say that *I* did move out at 18 and I moved 500 miles away from my parents.

If it is the picture of a¬†loving family you want why not join in with¬†your *children’s* passions instead of¬†forcing them to like *yours*. This is why it is important to live by principles and not rules, and who knows I never would have known I liked manga if not for watching Fruits Basket with the girls.

http://sandradodd.com/rules

Don’t know what your principles are? Now would be a great time to find out.

*End of rant* ūüôā

Let’s see Pinterest, vintage fashions oh right. Minecraft? Yes as well as more girls games.com, and Animal Jam and more Putt-Putt for Little Sis.

There of course was a birthday and fires in the backyard.

Kingdom Hearts? Yep and 007 on the Wii as a family where the girls have come up with code names for us as well as fighting tactics like splitting up¬†while the other sneaks up behind you. “Left cheek, I spotted left cheek.” At least I am the right cheek, oh and my favorite “We have¬†a full moon, do you read a full moon.” ūüôā

Miss Sky has been devouring her book of magic and we actually have plans to make our own spell books. Which brings me to Halloween

and more Pinterest inspiration.

Drawing? Yes and I love how Little Sis is learning( all on her own) how to draw backgrounds.She drew this while watching an episode of Roseanne of a pink squirrel from the “Lobo” lounge.

Last but not least renewed interest in The Lion King which inspired the girls to make their own prides.Yes, life is good!