Monday through Thursday, photos of our family's unschooling life. Learning is everywhere.
While Camille was at her saxophone lesson and band class, Sylvia, Ayla and I stopped at a local park to read books and play around. (Camille participates in instrument lessons and band for free through the local public school.)
Camille used some of her Christmas money on a snap circuit set a couple of years ago. It still gets used.
This is the one nearest to our home.
making a faerie house
We live on one (modest) income for our family of five. While we may be privileged in some ways, there were a lot of sacrifices and difficult decisions that led us to creating the kind of lives that we want to live and raise our children in. We are not without some debt. Our home has solar heating, a wood burning stove, standard electricity, phone, and internet, a well, and a small parcel of organic land around it, but it is not (nearly) completely finished. We have continuously (but slowly) been building walls, finishing flooring, replacing appliances, putting in doors, etc., and we have been blessed with some help from our families. We try to bring in opportunities and supplies for our children that are exciting, open-ended, and educational while being very conscious of spending and consumption. The more that I see my children growing into thoughtful, respectful, creative, and curious people (as their developmental abilities allow), the more I see that the kind of resources that create a thriving, joyful unschooling life are less about financial resources (beyond basic security) and more about the kinds of resources that can be found by being creative, engaging, and engaged ourselves, in our community, and in our world.