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 15, 2012

big long post - no pics - 3 day wrap up

Over the past few days we have been quite busy (8/13-8/15)! The kids saw the dentist Monday, Cory had some work done and was sedated so we didn't do much that day.  Mara and I got in a lot of reading time.  Since then we have been working on:


  • letter recognition & alphabet order
  • letter sounds
  • writing
  • synonyms for big, small, a lot
  • rhyming words
  • tracing letters (Mara)
  • How to spell your name (Mara)

  • telling time (digital clock)
  • adding (1-10)
  • subtracting (1-10)
  • counting by 5's
  • money value (1 chore = $1, how many chores do you need to do do get a $7 toy)
  • value of coins penny-quarter
  • shape recognition - basic for Mara, advanced for Cory (cylinder, pyramid, cone, etc)
  • counting to 15 (Mara), 25 (Cory)

  • buoyancy (sink or float)
  • gravity (bouncing different size balls from same height)
  • centrifugal force (rolling a tire with water in it)
  • inertia (in the car)
  • dinos, crocs, woolly mammoths
  • Levers (at the playground)
  • Pulleys (on a farm set toy & flagpole) 

  • where we live
  • distance between Memphis TN and Huntsville AL
  • where the closest beach is

Chores for both kids this week:
  • taking your dishes to the sink
  • picking up toys when done playing
  • putting dirty clothes in basket & taking to laundry room
  • sorting dirty laundry into piles by color
  • vacuuming your bedroom (Cory)

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