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

Thursday, October 6, 2011

10 day round up

I realize I am not so great with the updates, so this might be a long post.  Over the past 10 days we have had much fun playing outside (soccer, basketball, races, teeball) , we have been on family walks to the park, we have had lots of magnet play, twister, painting and coloring and some handwriting thrown in.

I realize these aren't the most recent but i don't always remember to get out the camera.  My bad.

We had the opportunity to have a lesson on storms (9/25 i think) and got some really awesome pics of the clouds.  We also discussed the water cycle and how oceans have salt water and lakes & rivers are fresh water.  This led to a discussion of Cory's favorite...killer whales.  Again we discussed how they are mammals even though they live in the ocean like fish.  He never gets sick of whales.

He has spent a lot of time on the computer playing learning games on Big Green Rabbit, phonics and math games on Starfall (which I am considering paying for a membership $35/year) and watching science docs (lots of dinosaurs) and leapfrog cartoons on Netflix and youtube.

Another thing we really enjoy is grocery store math.  We cover how much money we have compared to how much an item costs and how much of an item we need for the week.  He really has fun with this and you can see on his face that he is trying really hard to work it out.  I love that he thinks we need 200 popsicles to make it to next week, if he had his way, he would be right.

October 1st we had the pleasure of participating in a 5K for the juvenile diabetes research foundation, while we did not finish we had a great time and raised quite a bit of money.  Cory also had his picture and story featured on a sign posted on the walk route.  He is my hero!

Other than that, not much has been going on, we have been playing games, dress up and learning how to interact in a positive way with our siblings (read as not fighting).

I will update this with more pictures as soon as my computer stops being fickle.  Until next week, take chances, make mistakes, and see that learning is all around you!!