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If I could come to some of your unschooling homes and just observe, I would, but instead I'd like to ask unschoolers to maybe give examples of how unschooling principles work in everyday activities.<br><br>
For example, how would this work in your home: yesterday my 4 year old and I made oatmeal raisin cookies. I found myself showing her the 1 cup measurer and showing her how it was divided into 1/3 or 1/4. I also talked a little about what each ingredient does in the recipe. She was very interested, or I would have shut up, but I <i>was</i> in the teacher role that way. Would you ever do that or would you just bake the cookies and figure they'll notice fractions and leavening on their own?<br><br>
So far, the unschoolers have been very generous and patient with all the questions. That is much appreciated!
 

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When we bake, I call out the ingredients as we need them, like, "Ok, now we need 1/2 cup of sugar. Ok, this cup says '1/2', right?" and then we mix the stuff up. I might point out that the one that says, "1/2" is half the size of the one that says, "1 cup". Ds1 would let me know if he was interested in more info or not. I don't worry about what I say or how I say it, because I can tell if he's uninterested or if he wants to know more. I guess I "translate" the recipe as we make it, but I don't try to give him extra information on purpose.<br><br>
We are newbie unschoolers, though.
 

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When my ds asks me questions, I answer them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
For example, he has wooden letters (one side is a letter, the other side is a picture of a word that starts with that letter & the word written out in full underneath). He LOVES them & will play with them for a long time. We sit together and he will point to them & say what they are and if he is unsure of one, he will ask me which one it is. I guess in that situation I am in a 'teacher role' but it is HIS expressed interest that we are following. There is no pressure at all. It's still child-led learning.<br><br>
Now, if you went on and on about fractions because 'it is on the schedule today' [or some other 'schoolish' reason] without her showing any interest or comprehension, then I'd say it wasn't unschooling.
 

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When my kids help me cook I just say we need 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of water or whatever. My dd will say isn't a 1/2 cup half of a whole cup, and isn't a 1/4 half of a 1/2 ...... I just say yes and wonder how she knows it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I try really hard to not make lessons out of life , when I get teacherish it gets on everyone's nerves including mine.
 

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When we're cooking I will just say how much we need of each ingredient and ds will help to measure if he wants to, I don't go into more details unless he asks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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When we bake we just bake. Of course we read things (the recipe, etc) and sometimes we need to do a little math, but it's just casual and not done teaching style. Our goal is to get the goodies lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Of course if I think they might find the measurments interesting I might share, or when we'd been reading Magic School Bus book where they get baked into a cake we might have really been interested in what baking soda's role was in the the recipe, etc. If your child is happy with how you handled things it sounds fine to me. Now days my kids bake cookies on their own whenever they want. They just come ask me if they need any help.
 

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I'm a bit of a spaz with my kids. Very animated and theatrical when I do things with them. They sometimes roll their eyes at me but they are always curious and intrigued. I think I got this from my favorite forth grade teacher. He was always very enthusiastic with us that time seemed to fly by in his classroom and learning was always so much fun.<br><br>
You bet I talk to them about measurements or anything but I always try to make it very non teachy.* Like if want to make banana bread and 1 1/2 times the recipe, sometimes the measurements are just plain hard, so I throw a (funny) tantrum and say, jeez guys, I really need your help! How am I to do this very hard measurement! Can you help me find the best way to figure this one out? They get so proud of themselves and like to be the teacher helping me.<br><br>
I think the main thing I tune into is them and reading their cues. If they seem like they are getting bored, then I change gears completely. If they want to go and do something different, that is OK with me. The more I let go, the more they come back. Weird huh?<br><br>
* The older they get, the more they seem to have a tolerance or attention span for when I tend to get teachy on them. I can't help myself at times. Life is just so dang interesting that I just get off on tangents.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When we bake, I call out the ingredients as we need them, like, "Ok, now we need 1/2 cup of sugar. Ok, this cup says '1/2', right?" and then we mix the stuff up. I might point out that the one that says, "1/2" is half the size of the one that says, "1 cup". Ds1 would let me know if he was interested in more info or not. I don't worry about what I say or how I say it, because I can tell if he's uninterested or if he wants to know more. I guess I "translate" the recipe as we make it, but I don't try to give him extra information on purpose.<br><br>
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I read this question to my kids---They decided you were making cookies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
This is what my 13 yr old dd said "Before I understood measurments, I didn't want to experiment in a recipe, I just wanted to make the cookies!!!" She said this in a very funny, manical, cackling way. Sort of like a sugar-crazed goblin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
6 yr old says : "I don't want to do anything. I just want to eat the cookies!"<br><br>
11 yr old : "If you are wanting cookies, you want to know how to make them!"
 
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