Unschool was the way human children, like their mammal cousins, learned for millenia. It was not called "unschooling" because the institution of forced education had never been forced upon children until very recently in human history. What is now seen as a new philosophy is not new at all; it is a deliberate attempt to return to nature;s intent, to return children to their natural, organic state of innate passion. ~Laurie A. Couture

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


While I am not taking my son to have him "officially" evaluated, I did check a few lists to see what children are expected to know upon entering Kindergarten. Some were more detailed than others, but most were very basic skills, lacking all the skills we think they should know.

So here's the not-all-inclusive breakdown of what Cory can do:
  • recite his ABC's
  • count to at least 15
  • identify primary and secondary colors by name (although he doesnt know the terms primary and secondary yet)
  • identify basic shapes including star & heart
  • sit and listen through a story
  • get dressed by himself
  • hold a pencil and write his name
  • draw a face
  • put a straw in a juice box
  • make a block tower
  • identify animals as mammals/reptiles/birds/fish
  • can identify at least 20 animals by name & sound

Considering he isn't even Kindergarten compulsory age yet (if attending public school he would not start till Aug 2012), I think we are doing pretty good.

Things We Need to Work On:
  • coloring in the lines
  • letter recognition
  • number recognition
  • patience
  • cleaning up
  • playing nicely/sharing with Mara
  • how to build a sturdy block tower (w/Daddy)

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