Hey! Nice idea to start this thread.
What's going on with us? Well, this is going to give some people nightmares, I'm sure, but we just got a bunch of new games for the DS and Gamecube and have been consumed with them. DD, aged 8, and I stayed up last night til after one playing Pokemon Ranger. It's so fun! Hee! We are levelling up on Pokemon Gale of Darkness, beat the too easy newest Spyro game and also spend time taking care of her hamsters on HamsterzLife. You can check out that last one, among others, here
I think I might like to order my own game so we can have our hamsters play together via wireless. We do that with our Nintendogs and use Animal Crossings to play hide and seek. I love that wireless feature! We go in cycles with games like these. We get really into them for a few weeks and then go on to something else, come back to the games...It goes in phases.
Lest anyone unfamiliar with unschooling think this is "all we do all day," let me just list some of the things we are interested in.
Yesterday, DD got out all her hamster-type stuff from LittlestPetShop and we set up a little hamster world in her "tent." (She's had two chairs and a blanket set up like a tent in our living room for weeks now) She and I are researching chickens and goats (we want to "go rural" in a little over a year) and she made up a lovely chicken song to the tune of "Santa Claus is comin' to town."
We're still messing around with learning Japanese. We listen to Japanese music throughout the day and use two fun little workbooks I bought in a Japanese bookshop in Paris last year. It's for Japanese children so all the instructions are in Japanese as well. LOL It's been fun figuring that out.
DD works on her blog. We go swimming once a week. She has a pottery class she is enjoying on Tuesdays. This weekend, she was invited by a friend and friend's dad to a classical music concert in a beautiful historic building. Wish I were going! LOL
She's gotten into making her own comics, thanks to Garfield. She makes some really interesting panels. I like seeing her sense of humor evolve and blossom. She's goofy
I'm sure I'll think of something else and add it to the thread. We go all over the place with our interests.
Let me tell you something that happened recently which renewed my faith in the unschooling process. DD came up to me one day and said something like, "You know, it's like the tens all live in a little house and the twenties all live in a little house, and the thirties..." I drew a picture of what she described and told her about the term "place value." She truly owns this knowledge. It's hers. She "got it" all on her own. And that is what is so amazing about letting children learn at their own pace and in their own way.
And I want to add, one more time, why do people assume that unschooling means you can't have "structure?" It's about letting the child lead. And if the child leads you to workbooks and math manipulatives, you follow. At least, this is my opinion.
Oh and also, you will see that I use the term "we" often when talking about unschooling and my dd. This is because we are learning together, as a family. Yes, we have solo interests but often someone will be curious about a certain topic and someone else will go, "Hey, that's neat!" and join in. It's a "whole family" learning experience usually with us. My husband is semi-retired and works from home so it's been great for him as well. He fully supports this way of life and would have it no other way!