Friday, August 29, 2008

Hurray for Another *YEAR*

All of our goodies arrived was like Christmas!!
I got lot's of good stuff for them to explore and use. Wonderful books to read and fun experiments for them to do. They all helped in choosing, so a lot of things reflect their interests. So far between yesterday and today the Cash Register and the K'Nex have been a huge hit!!
Here's some pics!!
Matthew checking things out
*Matthew helping un-pack the goodies*

Hurray!! Homeschool fun

more books to read
*I got the entire Little House on the Prairie set and the Chronicles of Narnia*

Books to read
*books to read*

Games and Activities
*games, activities and experiments*

Lot's of fun things to do, there was just to much to list things individually!!lol
So, needless to say, we will be spending the next few days organizing and setting things up!! Hurray for Unschooling!!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Our Newest Adventure

It's been so long since I've written!!lol

Well, we are embarking on a new adventure, one that we have been slowly heading towards (and without me really 'catching on' to it!!). We've made the switch completely and are now and UNschooling family. Which really just means that we will be doing child-led learning or allowing natural learning to take place.

It has been the most amazing thing to watch! The kids are MUCH more excited about learning, you can feel the energy in the room!! It is so cool to watch them ALL join in and learn about something....all on their own. Basically, I follow their lead and help them with the resources. I make sure that our environment is conducive to learning and helps stimulate learning rather than ME saying "today we will learn about plants" it's more of this type of scenario....
kids:"Mommmy why are plant leaves green"
Me:"well, theres a chemical in plants that turns plants leaves green when the sun shines on them and that is how the plant gets it food"
Kid:"do you have a book that shows that?"
Me: "yes I do, let's find out how plants grow"

Kind of a brief example, but it gives you the idea. It's hard to let go of strict curriculum, for me, but I trust the children and watching just how much more they retain when they decide what to learn, has me convinced!

I'll post more links and a list of books on child-led learning when I get more of a chance!

God bless, Penny