amazing what a few weeks does...
I posted in last month's thread, feeling pretty discouraged. Amazing what a few weeks can do in improving your outlook. I was wicked sick with bronchitis I think, and was in the midst of that, a whole mouthful of canker and coldsores, PMS, the WORKS, all at the same time. No wonder unschooling looked so discouraging! I went back and read my post and thought WTH? I should have remembered that I was sick and totally not responsible for my thoughts...like I heard an unschooling mom in a talk say once, that she had to keep a little sign on her bathroom mirror saying "It's not the unschooling, it's ____!" as a reminder that "life" happens and it is not always unschooling to blame and public school would not make it better.
I worked night shift Christmas night and Boxing day night, but still had a good Christmas with my family. I am going to be working a bit more in the new year temporarily covering a maternity leave, 14 twelve hour shifts per six weeks (for Jan for example, I am working 10 days this month, but it is a lot considering it is days and nights), and have taken an extra job as needed as a prenatal instructor a day or two a month, which is great for me as most of my nursing career is in maternity/l&D and I love it. Dh is slowly starting to work more, a few days a month as his stamina increases (he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis this year and this summer was literally knocked off his butt and literally only could walk a few min at a time, enough to make the kids something to eat or something...but appears for now to be going into a remission) The kids have been getting into such neat things. Dd, after being such a reluctant here-and-there writer (due to her "perfectionist" issues LOL and wanting to make the letters just perfect...those practice books with the solid and dashed lines a well meaning relative gave her 'bout made her blow a gasket!!!
) has discovered comic strips and is wanting to make her own as of late. So, writing is so much better when it is on her terms. Reading them is improving her reading too. And speaking of reading, I have always known that she can read more than she can let on and is willing to admit, and it was neat for dh and I to stand at ds door tonight seeing the two of them in bed with her reading "Max Drives Away" to him word for word by flashlight Cool! Sort of an unschooling Kodak moment
It is also neat to see ds at the stage she was at a few years ago, discovering the alphabet, playing with the letters on the fridge, pulling me over to the alphabet placemat on the wall (dd's alphabet reference) and asking me to sing the ABC's to him. He also incessantly asks about the time, pointing the numbers out on the clock (it's 7, 2 mommy!!! ie- 7:10) Maybe we should have gotten the watch for him for xmas, not his sis!
I have gotten more on top of "planning" as it were (do unschoolers do that? Is that an oxymoron LOL) in my life, and it feels better. Ie-making a list of things that I have noticed the kids doing, making a note to look something up related to it, find a website, dig up a game, etc, I finally got a laminated world map up on the wall when I realized that alot of things we came across had a geography reference/bent...just following up more on those kind of things makes me feel more settled as an unschooler if that makes any sense. I sort of got away from that in the last 6 mo and coupled with the stress of dh's illness and me working more because of it (which can make me feel more disconnected from my kids if I am not careful) made me feel like I was flying too much by the seat of my pants and that unschooling wasn't "working", although now I know it was all along. I am also hoping to meet more homeschoolers this year...I heard David Albert speak last month, and met a homeschooler who lives 2 miles up the road from me! And who' s 7 ye old ds wants a buddy! Yay! Hoping that works out. I also found a much quieter "gym nite" for us to join which is good for dd's auditory processing issues, and a homeschooling gymnastics club once a month we will try.
Good to read about all your lives too, and to know there is support for us unschoolers out there...