You might want to grab a cup of tea, or a mug of coffee. It's time for yet another lengthy, shameless, random catch-up post, which I am choosing to see, not as a failing on my part, but as a sign of the full, beautiful, messy unschooling life that we live and prioritize in the most delightful way manageable. Cheers and thanks for visiting.
September 19 - 30
friends, carnival games, prizes, and free unlimited "bounceables"
oh, and glittery face tattoos, too...
art in the park
Wo Zha Wa parade with friends
garden bounty with my cheerful garden helpers
one of three baskets full of basil
time for pesto
*photo by Camille
so delighted to be on the river for the autumn equinox
my awesome canoeing partner taking a well-deserved break from paddling
"Sure, do you want me to look up a recipe?"
She wasn't pleased with the taste, but most of us in the family loved them and appreciated her efforts.
wooly bear caterpillar
northern leopard frog
homeschool dilemma: which book to read first
Mama, Will you jump on the trampoline with us?
Yup, pretty much every day.
chalkboard art by Ayla
listening to the band play Sweet Child of Mine (originally by Guns N' Roses)
She made it up to somewhere in the thirties before she lost interest. We mostly drew the numbers big in the air with our fingers and then she wrote them down.
"Mama, it's the full moon! I want to hold the moon!"
"Mama, I'm drawing a goth girl and she's having a bad hair day, ... and a bad eyelash day, I think."
Yup, that might be seen as too many photos for a less than two-week period of time, but I don't feel like letting any of these moments go unnoticed or unshared in this life that I am so grateful for. As a single-income family, we try to be very intentional about how we spend our time and resources and yet it feels so full. There's joy and struggles and learning and delight and helping and being helped and discussing and adventuring and all of the ordinary business of life lived in a family and as part of a community.
If I ever had a message that I hoped that this blog would convey, other than just as a chronicle of our unschooling family life, it would be that children deserve to be treated with respect and allowed meaningful choices for how they spend their time and energy. Contrary to cultural assumptions, it does not create little monsters that don't want to get off of the couch, or spoiled beings that don't consider other people's feelings. A child respected and loved and supported doesn't need to be taught coercively how to act respectful, loving, or supportive, they feel it and live it from their experiences. This doesn't mean they won't act thoughtlessly at times, or that we as parents won't either, it means that it's also an opportunity for learning about asking for forgiveness and for learning how to forgive generously.
Life is good. Cheers.