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I know there are some cool plans for making Light sabers out of PVC pipe online somewhere.
I think that's what my dp is planning. He said something about plastic pipe and a flashlight. DS wants it to fold into itself.
post #142 of 152
Well, our first week consciously trying to unschool has been quite a relief. We have had many weeks that we called life learning weeks in the past (about one a month) when we didn't attempt any structured academics, but this was our first attempt at really letting go.
My favorite thing is that by being less concerned by how dd is spending her time I have more time to pursue much neglected interests of my own which I know is really good for both of us.

I'm glad to say that dd has chosen to do alot of cooking this week and a woodworking project... making a shoe shelf for our kitchen where we are often tripping over all the dropped shoes. DD decided to drop her piano lessons and I am picking up my piano practicing. DD is putting some time into her theatre performance but not as much as if I was daily getting on her about her need to practice if she is making this commitment to others. Realistically she is practicing enough if not as much as I would prefer. Of course she is also a compulsive reader.

What she won't chose to do without my pressure and will be hard for me to let go of is math and writing. I have read enough of you successful unschoolers to almost be able to let go of that agenda of mine, but I am trying.

I am also thinking about the aspects of waldorf education that nourish the soul, but I really think focusing on my own spirituality can fill that void.
post #143 of 152
Good for you, greenmama!

DS (12) has drawn up plans to make a ping-pong table top for our air hockey table. He measured, scaled, etc. Tomorrow we go to create a real list and cost estimate. Then he'll begin.

I found a fab thrift store today and got the older version of the V-Tech Explorer Globe for 3 year old DS. Also found the preschool BrainQuest which is awesome, as he loves to play with his brothers' which are for 7th and 9th grade.
post #144 of 152
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DS (12) has drawn up plans to make a ping-pong table top for our air hockey table.
We need to make a table top for ping pong as well--what is he using? We had a plastic material but there was no bounce...plywood doesn't seem like a good idea because of the rough surface, but I don't know how a finish would effect bounce. What materials are you using?
post #145 of 152
hey mamas
i'm still here, but not really around, since our lovely neighbour : cut our phone line again and we don't have internet at home atm.

so, i'll be back, but maybe not around much.
please send lots of loving, healing energy to my neighbour, that she might feel full of happiness, instead of being a psycho-b!tch, and we might have a phone line again
post #146 of 152
I wonder how we could get an unschooling forum--that would be so wonderful! Does anyone know if there is such a thing as a board like MDC, but just about unschooling?

For about 4 days now I have been on a new experiemtn with letting dd's activities be completely self-directed--like I don't suggest things for her to do. Too often I think I was suggesting/setting up more educational type things, and she may have felt that as pressure, and was possibly being turned off quite a bit.

So far, I am amazed by her creativiity...I'm thinking I could have just skipped that whole song and dance from the beginning and trusted her to direct her own time wisely...
post #147 of 152
Very cool Wildflower!

Sorry about the neighbor Majik... she sounds, special. I hope you are connected asap.

VERY busy day here with a trip to the coast and back. Fun but exhausted! Hope to have a chance to chat more soon.
post #148 of 152
Thought people might find this interesting. It's an article about the house my family is building....

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sub...-4717295c.html
post #149 of 152
Oh yeah and all's well here. Me and ds had a fun morning saturday making perogies with my folks, I made them all day, he helped for awhile then went home. I spent the rest of the weekend studying and the kids hung out with DH, and then yesterday DH and I did some decluttering, as we're trying to get it under control before we start packing to move.......

It's still -40 here adn if it doesen't warm up soon I'm going to kill someone. I'm getting too pregnant to be dressing the kids and hauling them in and out of the car everyday just to get them somewhere warm to run around. I want to play outseide Wahhhhhhh!!!!!
post #150 of 152
Wow, Heather, how exciting! I love the idea of a family home, and totally agree with you, space-wise. We have about 300sf per person here and we don't use all of it. I'd love to build a house around the way we live, rather than trying to fit the way we live into a house. When do you expect to be done?

wildflower, when you have a few days with nothing better to do, this thread http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ht=unschooling might explain where we stand on an unschooling forum.
post #151 of 152
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It's official! My oldest son is going to go to college in the fall! I am SO proud! He's 18, been basically unschooled since we pulled him and his 2 younger brothers out of public school 6 years ago.
Congrats!!!

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Well, our first week consciously trying to unschool has been quite a relief.
I'm glad to hear it's working out so well for you!

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I wonder how we could get an unschooling forum--that would be so wonderful! Does anyone know if there is such a thing as a board like MDC, but just about unschooling?

For about 4 days now I have been on a new experiemtn with letting dd's activities be completely self-directed--like I don't suggest things for her to do. Too often I think I was suggesting/setting up more educational type things, and she may have felt that as pressure, and was possibly being turned off quite a bit.

So far, I am amazed by her creativiity...I'm thinking I could have just skipped that whole song and dance from the beginning and trusted her to direct her own time wisely...
The unschooling forum is being considered, and will likely be added the next time they're ready to add new subforums. In the past, when they added subforums, they had a whole bunch "in the queue" and when they were ready to add forums, they added several at once. They need to get some technical stuff taken care of before they'll be ready to add new forums, and there's no telling how long that might be.

Just by having this thread, and the speed at which it's growing, lets the MDC PTB (powers that be) see that there's truly a need for an unschooling forum.

In fact, I'm going to start a new thread in a few minutes, I think we've grown past the point of "monthly threads" and need to do "weekly threads" (but of course first I'll check to see if anybody else has already started one) and then I'll post the link to the new thread on the end of this one.

OK, here's the link to the new thread.
post #152 of 152
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Thought people might find this interesting. It's an article about the house my family is building....

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sub...-4717295c.html
That's cool. I did buy the house we have right now with the idea that, if my dad couldn't live by himself, we'd have room for him.
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