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Unschooling Math

**originally written in 2008** When my daughter Jacqueline was seven years old, she asked if I could buy some stories that explained math. She was becoming more and more interested in how math fit into her world and had started to take notice of it in movies, TV shows and by watching my husband & I. She had a basic understanding of addition and telling time but she was more interested in math as a whole, not broken down...

A Child That Has Freedom Of Choice

*originally posted 1/2009* Let me tell you about a ten year old child that had freedom of choice. That child is my daughter Jacqueline. I hear all the time…”If I let my kids have freedom over their food, they’ll eat chips all day” or “If I let my child have freedom over video games, they’ll play 24 hours a day”. Sure….if all they know is control and someone else making their...

Origami

** originally posted in 2007 ** We picked this origami book up at the library, dug out a pack of paper that we bought on clearance and Billy sat down with the girls to try it out. None of them had ever done it before so they chose an easy one to start with, which happened to be a frog. Billy’s in the black one, Jacqueline’s is green and Shawna’s is blue. They’re trying to see whose frog can hop the...

You’re Invited – NOT Back To School Po...

If you’re a homeschooler in the Marion County/Ocala area; consider yourself invited! We’re hosting our annual NOT back to school pool party on the first day of school, which is Monday, August 24. Please being your bathing suit, towel and flip flops. You might also want to bring a bagged lunch for you and your family, although we’ll supply snacks, drinks and ices. This pool party is open to ALL homeschoolers...

Learning Math Concepts Without School

**originally posted in 2007** My nine year old daughter wants to be an astronaut and she’s passionate about astronomy and space. I’ve learned more about the solar system from her than I ever did in in all my years in school. A few months ago, she and my husband (I call them the two space cadetsĀ  -lol) were watching Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks and there’s a scene where they were using math concepts to figure...

U-N-S-C-H-O-O-L

U is for all of US because unschooling involves all of us, as a family. It’s not just all about the kids. N is for NOTEBOOKS…both the electronic and the paper kind. They’re both staples in our lives. Shopping lists, notes to each other, writing stories, drawing cartoons, daddy’s ever growing to-do list, phone numbers and much, much more. S is for spyro, star wars, saddle club books, saturday morning...

Arts And Crafts

Throughout a lot of our unschooling days, we have some sort of art or craft project going on, or in different stages of completion (some don’t get completed, but most do). Here’s a few glimpses of the last few that we enjoyed. Tags: arts and crafts Related posts The Artist In All Of Us (4) Origami (5) Making Slime (0) Homemade Tattoo Paint...

Florida Museum Of Natural History

This is one of those “day in the life of an unschooler” posts. People that don’t know us well, sometimes ask what we do during the day without school. On this particular day, we visited the Florida Museum of Natural History. These pictures were from a day spent there last year. I realized I never got around to sharing them. Jacqueline likes to take notes when we visit places like this. These next few...

Ewww! Grossology!!!

If the Grossology tour comes to your local museum, I highly recommend it….if your kids (and you) enjoy learning about farts, burps and vomit. We went with our homeschool group and had a blast!! Here’s Shawna & Jacqueline outside…pretending to vomit. This was gross – you had to guess the smell…either it was feet, butt or armpit. lol Did you know…. Tags: day...

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