I notice my nearly 7yo is often bored. I sense that she wants something more.... different than what she usually likes. She still loves more than anything to play, but I see just a bit of weariness about it, like she's looking for something and just doesn't know what it is. (I don't feel the boredom is an obstacle for us.)
I know we could be getting outside more, but she very often doesn't want to come out with me. And it doesn't really seem to change the outcome. She finds something to do and play, with me or dd2 or by herself. Then some loafing and mild complaints of boredom. And this is not all the time. She is most often a very busy girl, but I see this much more than last year, this *look* in her eyes.
So, what I'm thinking is that she is beginning some kind of developmental transition, between the nearly endless play and imagination into something more... deliberate? What is the word I am looking for? Creative not just imaginative? Academic, possibly? Skillful? As a former kids' Aikido teacher, I have seen the "seven year old magic" in my own students. I know Waldorf bases its curriculum upon this transition.
But what about unschooling? What does this time look like to an unschooler? The oldest unschooler in the family, especially. And could this be something else?
So, am I right to think that this is what is happening? What can I do to help her? Just let her work through this?
I think it would be nice (and most helpful) to hear your stories of transition times, at whatever age.