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post #41 of 161
I'd say she's living life and the freedom she has! Just think of all the public schooled kids stuck in a building all day while outside the world is happening and full of possibilities.
post #42 of 161
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Originally Posted by oldermamato5 View Post
I'd say she's living life and the freedom she has! Just think of all the public schooled kids stuck in a building all day while outside the world is happening and full of possibilities.
that's the thing... the thought of her sitting at a desk in a no-windowed building, doing worksheet after worksheet of pointless crap, on a day like today?
just seems unthinkable...
she can wear vampire teeth and throw rocks for the REST of October if she likes...I just won't tell anyone except you guys.
post #43 of 161
Hey, I think throwing rocks and chasing cats is an admirable pursuit. Wish I could do that... Being a grown up is so overrated.

With the weather being so nice we haven't done any of the things I had planned. Silly me, I should have known better than to plan anything! I had a list of crafts, games, etc. that I thought they would enjoy and get something out of... I suppose my big list will have to wait until the weather is too bad for us to be outside. Then everyone will be clamoring for me to alleviate the boredom.

Today we discovered a new kind of ant that none of us had ever seen before. We had a picnic and layed on our blanket reading all afternoon. The kids played on the swings and collected leaves. Ds has started eating leaves and grass-he's 6. Apparently, I need to get out my books about edible wild plants. I had to tell him to knock it off and I'd buy him some salad.

Oldest dd was going to go to the volunteer orientation at the local humane society, but it turned out to be the one for adults. The one for kids is next week. So to make up for that we spent an hour in the pet store where she's hoping to get a job when she's 16. She wants a ferret soooo bad. They are $150 at the pet store plus another $200 for the cage. I told her she is going to have to hold out until one comes to the humane society. She called and they have one right now! We are going to go visit it tomorrow. I see more animals joining our household in the future...
post #44 of 161
That's so how I feel mamathistle. I get up and think of these fun things to do and they just want to play outside all day...so that's what they do.
post #45 of 161
<<I see more animals joining our household in the future...>>

Animal madness here as well. Dd just found an abandoned kitten on our neighbors porch two weeks ago. We finally all agreed on a name - Iris. She's sweet like a little flower is why! I think I have some pics of her in my blog (below link). This is our 4th cat. We have 4 rabbits (at one point 12) a turtle and a pet rat. We had a garter snake too that had 14 babies!! Talk about an education! Try to figure out how to hand feed 14 baby snakes!! We're sans snakes now though, we gave two of the babies away to some unschooling friends and let the rest go back to their habitat. Now my MIL is trying to home a female black lab for her friend who rescued her from a neglected home. Sigh. :
post #46 of 161
Good name! My middle dd is an Iris too.
post #47 of 161
Our cat is about to have kittens any day now. We both look forward to the event (who doesn't love cute kitties?) and feel a little bad about the fact that she got pregnant to begin with. We just didn't get her fixed in time, and she snuck out for a few minutes during a heat cycle. Sneaky lil girl. Anyway, she's positively enormous and I think the wee felines are due to make their appearance. Poor mama to be kitty is tired and uncomfortable so I hope it's soon.

We've been learning about spiders a bit, or at least about which kinds have invaded our home! Big ones too. :

Today was mellow. Did some errands, made yummy burritos for dinner, watched the new CSI (me) and Greys Anatomy (the kids lol). Dd is sound asleep and Ds is upstairs in his room having tea and toast. He was just down here lamenting to me about teenagers, clothing styles, assumptions, crappy attitudes, and so on. I love hearing him talk...all his opinions and his passions. Geez, it sounds like i'm his mother or something eh?
post #48 of 161
I'm new to posting in this forum but I really wanted to share DH's lightbulb moment of unschooling. He's onboard for homeschooling but somewhat skittish about unschooling.

So, we had a busy weekend with friends & pumpkin picking & other stuff. DD(newly 4) has been very interested in reading & writing but has let us know she wants to do it "on her own". When we got back from the pumpkin patch, DD announced that she was going to write a letter to her grandparents in CA. I said OK. She started the letter on her own. It was cute to hear her start sounding out the letters, "d, d,d,deer".... I was fixing lunch & somewhat heard her getting frustrated & heaving big heavy sighs. I asked if she needed help? "nope"...About 1/2 hr later I found DD on the floor with a notebook she dug out of somewhere. There she was on the floor tracing letters all on her own. DH was She didn't notice us luckily . A few minutes later she mumbled to herself, "OK I think I got it" & went back to writing her letter. I had to point this all out to DH who quickly retorted with "yeah yeah yeah, I know I know, but but...well I guess there isn't a but" It was so awesome.

Later on DH brought it all up again (unschooling that is) & he went on to list countless things he's seen with the kids...DS (22 mos) saying "Danks" (Thanks without any prompting EVER) when you give him something he asks for; DS's fascination now that he realizes there are letters in his books ( all b/c we read--no direct teaching involved) & so many amazing things with DD. It made me so proud.

Now I'm *seeing* it more & more. All the learning that goes on even when it feels like we're doing nothing. It's non-stop, continuous learning & the kids are so hungry for more & more knowledge. I feel very lucky to be on this journey with them.
post #49 of 161
Friday DS#1 went on a field trip, with a homeschooling group, to a local wetlands.

Pictures and link are on my blog here: http://attachlings.blogspot.com/2007...ield-trip.html

Reading a new book: Working in the Reggio Way: A Beginner's Guide for American Teachers, by Julianne P. Wurm.

Scored some great materials from a neighbor's garage sale-- and much of it came from their own montessori school.

Really enjoying our new-ish tv(almost)free lifestyle....
post #50 of 161
What a wonderful moment for you guys! I love those.
post #51 of 161
LOVE IT!!!

We spent a couple of days with a little local scorpion capture... after deciding that we had nothing of interest for the little guy, (he wouldn't eat anything we offered) we turned him loose. Always a fun find.

speaking of
While driving along the highway, DD#2 asked me, "which is bigger, a mile or an acre?"
explanation of distance vs. area ensued and was left with the question we ALL had: How many acres are in a square mile?
"gosh Sagan, (dd) I don't know, and I can't look it up right now, but I bet Grandpa knows, he was raised on a farm."
End of conversation, the question was forgotten... well... by me anyway.

Two days later, my mom comes to me and says, "Why in the WORLD did Sagan want to know how many acres were in a square mile?"

She's curious? lol...

One of the things I see as an unschooler is how the education comes in LAYERS and what is the topic today, may not be seen again for days, weeks, MONTHS... then? A deeper and even MORE thoughtful question will come up... I am amazed at the thought put into some of these "simple" questions and then all of the questions that come later. In a classroom? Even dd knows that when class is over, anything that is in question at that point, is often a lost subject. :
post #52 of 161
Unschoolma, did your cat have her babies yet?

Speaking of spiders: Icch, we have them all over our front porch, I call it the Arachnid Hotel....well anyway, I have this fear of them like alot of ppl, so I've been trying to face my fear by watching them at night! ICK. One has a huge butt, it's the size of a pea! Last night my dh and I were watching them and he was dismantling his web. I've never seen one do that! He was actually taking it down, row by row. (moving on I hope LOL)
post #53 of 161
Subbing again. I'm so glad it's October, too!

Both sets of grandparents visited in the past two weeks, so we got out of our usual routine. Of course, the question about preschool came up during both visits. When I said we are homeschooling, they questioned how the kids could ever be socialized witout going to school.

This month is a busy one. We're visiting an organic farm on the 17th -- complete with a tractor ride. We also have an opportunity to visit a gouda cheese factory to learn about the cheese-making process. We can't wait!

For Halloween, we want to host a potluck/party. The ideas we have so far include: dinner, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, Halloween-themed felt-board, healthful snacks/treats, and scarecrow making. Do any of you experienced party-throwers have other suggestions? We want the party to reflect the way Halloween was celebrated before it became all about the candy.

Thanks!
post #54 of 161
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Originally Posted by Sneezykids View Post
Unschoolma, did your cat have her babies yet?
She did this morning! I woke up and stretched my feet out and right into something cold and damp. I jumped up and flipped back the covers to see a large reddish colored wet spot and instantly set out to look for my kitty. I ran down the stairs and asked Dh if he'd seen her and he said that no, he hadn't seen her at all since he woke up actually. So after a few minutes of frantic searching (I was worried she managed to sneak into some dusty box in the cold garage) I found her under the wobbly TV stand right there in my room. It has a drape over it and I guess it was as good a hiding spot that she could find. She was pushing when I found her, but she let me relocate her to a cozy box and warm sheets in the closet. Dd sat with her and watched 2 of the 4 kittens being born. They all seem to be doing just fine, and mama even ran down the stairs a bit ago for the first time today. Thanks for asking!

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Last night my dh and I were watching them and he was dismantling his web. I've never seen one do that! He was actually taking it down, row by row. (moving on I hope LOL)
Yeah the arachnids are thriving here at the moment too. We have two really large ones outside in webs built right next to the motion light out front.They look kind of like crabs, but fatter. I admit I think they are kind of neat...especially for the web building skills, but I prefer them outside. We have had some hobo spiders the last few weeks and they freak me out!
post #55 of 161
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One of the things I see as an unschooler is how the education comes in LAYERS and what is the topic today, may not be seen again for days, weeks, MONTHS... then? A deeper and even MORE thoughtful question will come up...
I see that here too, and I love it. And there is the time to just sit and talk about it until the questions run out. It doesn't have to be hurried or glossed over. I love that the questions are allowed to have a great deal of time and can take their natural course.
post #56 of 161
Just stopping in to say hi mama's. WE've had record hot temps here for Oct.
Hopefully it will cool down soon.
Dd is loving her Oakmeadow curriculum. We do something from it every morning. She is my *school* child. She has sewing class today also and is actually going to make her first project;a drawstring bag.
Ds-8 is playing outside and ds-15 is still asleep.

Have a fun day!
post #57 of 161
Hey all...we have had high temps here in VT for Oct. not astronomically high, but i want cold weather! It was 85 the other day. We went to an Oktoberfest and it was sooo hot I couldnt take it lol.

Today we did some reading...well i read and the girls played nearby and asked questions every once in a while...ds read with me about Nefertari. Then we went for a walk and collected really pretty leaves and we are going to search the net for a way to preserve them and make a wreath. Then I want to dry orange slices and make suncatchers. I think (from what i remember when I used to do them) you have to stick cloves in the sides of them to look cool. Then I think you cut out a circle and draw pictures in it (For us its a star) and put them in between the two dried orange slices. So we went for a walk and got some really neat leaves and a stick with a bulb on the end of it that ds wants to look up. We played Zathura board game 3x already and ds is playing with dd inside. the other dd is nursing and the other one is laying with our big fluffy cat. We have some postcards we received that we have to file away, we havent done that in a few days so we should do that, they love to see the pictures. other than that, nothing much else today, maybe some cooking. Oh ds made this interesting cut out house made of entirely paper and tape for his gerbil..only its a "replica of the cage he's in" he said. He even labeled it with the date and his name!: that was my "proof" of learning right there--did it on his own without me asking, well i never really ask i suggest they write things but they never do, the only time they write is when THEY want to...which is totally how it should be! they truly do learn so much better when they WANT to learn But i was impressed at his little project lol! have a good day all!
post #58 of 161
Just sharing pics of our sugar skulls... sorry about the crappy quality... dh has temporarily "lost" my "good" camera.
DD loved this activity. We will def. be making more before Day of the Dead.
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post #59 of 161
Those skulls are awesome! Thanks for sharing.
post #60 of 161
hi all!
just checking in,
we arrived home from the rainbow gatheirng this afternoon... so I'm not going to read back on the last 4 weeks I've been away. but, I'm here
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