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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (Orlando)

Originally posted June 2009 We recently spent the day checking at the weird and wacky stuff at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium in Orlando. My husband & I had been to the one in Atlantic City, but my kids have never been there. The building was created to look as if it were slipping into a sink hole. There was lots of puzzles and optical illusions, which my daughters really enjoyed. Billy standing...

Homemade Tattoo Paint

*originally posted 6/07* We bought a really fun book that my eight year old found during one of our (many) visits to the library book store (my favorite place to buy and donate pre-loved books) called The Ultimate Book of Kids Concoctions. The first thing she wanted to make was tattoo paint (page 23). Here’s how to do it: 1 TBS Cold Cream 2 TBS Cornstarch 1 TBS Water Food Coloring Mix cold cream and cornstarch together...

A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers

For some people that are unfamiliar with unschooling, or homeschooling for that matter, it’s hard to imagine a life without school. School eats up so much of their time that they find it difficult to understand what their kids would do without it. That’s why those “Day In The Life Of An Unschooler/Homeschooler” posts are so important and we’ve done many here at An Unschooling Life over the...

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...

My Daughter, The Writer

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that child is someone today.” - Stacia Tauscher **originally posted in 2006 ** We were hanging out with our homeschooling friends one afternoon and my daughter Jacqueline was sitting on one of the picnic tables, finishing a story (Princess Barbie) she had started a few days before. I was having a conversation with another homeschooling mom and she asked...

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...

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 cadets  -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...

Courier Journal Unschooling Article

‘Unschooling’ popularity grows: Children pursue what interests them As other children are waking up and heading toward the school bus on a Tuesday morning, Adele Schiessle asks her children if they want to spend the day playing on a 6,000-square-foot indoor inflatable play area. Collin, 6, and Amber, 7, agree that would be a pleasant way to start the morning. After they play on the bouncy furniture, they head back...

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...