If you’ve been here before then you know how much we love books! If you’re new here, then you’re about to find out! We visit the library weekly for inspiration and to let our children choose any books that spark their interests. This week our kids chose an eclectic mix of grammar, classics and Greek myths!
Welcome to another week in the life of unschoolers, where we give you a glimpse into the adventures we had during the week. This also lets you see how we approach learning in our home which is eclectic/unschooling and child-led.
Welcome to another week in the life of unschoolers. This is were I fill you in on all the goings on and adventures we had with our children during the week. The biggest news this week…our son, Gabriel, asked to have his hair cut. Not just any hair cut. A Dr. Who (Matt Smith) hair cut to be precise. Not that he had to ask. His hair, his choice, but I must admit…I’m going to miss those golden flowing locks. Doesn’t he look handsome!
We started this week at the Library. There nothing like being surrounded by books to lift one spirits. Our son, Gabriel, made his selection and walked out like a boss. There was a little strut and everything!
This week began our in depth study of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone…per our son, Gabriel’s request. My sister, who came down to visit the previous week, made Hogwarts robes for the children. She even made one for one of their homeschool friends that will be doing the study with us. My brother-in-law made really awesome broomsticks for the children to play with…because every witch or wizard has a trusty broomstick. I showed Gabriel how to make “parchment paper” out of copy paper, black tea. We added a little fire around the edges for good measure. This made “perfect” parchment for writing with ones quill and ink! Gabriel also started a Harry Potter Book.
Another full week has gone by. We had family visiting for most of it and the children loved having visitors. My sister and brother-in-law came from their farm in Tennessee to hang with us here in Georgia. We loved having them. The kids adored the epic battles at the playground in the rain with Uncle Joe.
This has been quite a week for our 8 year old son, Gabriel. This was the second week of his online Paleo Biology Course through Coursera. This is a 12 week college course from the University of Alberta that our son learned about online and was determined to take. He is loving this course. He has already learned all about dinosaur anatomy including vertebrae, fenestras in the skulls, arm bones, and leg bones. Also, the differences in Saurischian Dinosaurs and Ornithischian Dinosaurs and the fossilization process. It’s been very exciting around here!
On Friday morning our son, Gabriel, woke up and proclaimed the day to be “Harry Potter Day.” Now, internationally, “Harry Potter Day” is on May 2nd, but in our home it was September 4th. Gabriel declared that we could only do Harry Potter themed crafts, experiments, movies, books, etc. Normally we don’t do “themed crafts.” Can you imagine my mad dash for Pinterest? Thank goodness I found a few things that could be done with the supplies we had on hand.
We’ve had a great couple of weeks here in Georgia. The weather has been slightly cooler and the humidity has been really low. If you’ve ever been to the South then you know what a blessing that can be in the month of August. Our neighbor decided to homeschool one of her four children. She loves the idea of Unschooling, so we’ve had them hang out with us everyday to have fun and learn how Unschooling works. Also, I apologize in advance. Our son seemed to have an aversion to wearing shirts most of this week.
My sister discovered the Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park online and suggested we take the family. Family being my two sisters, Uncle Joe, our two children, my husband and myself. It is located in Bluff City, Tennessee. The park founder began it when he wanted a life size dinosaur. He couldn’t afford one, so he built one himself. There are now 19 life size dinosaurs with more coming soon. Admission is free although donations are accepted. We decided to make this even more fun with pictures that say, without words, “Oh my gosh! It’s a dinosaur!” Our daughter, Jade, was totally unfazed by all of the teeth.