Friday, September 25, 2015

ordinary unschooling moments

Our lives seem so very ordinary some days. We learn a little, play a little, cook a little, clean a little, explore some, laugh some, learn some more, sing something, make something, write something, discuss, and repeat. Some days we see friends, or go on adventures, or shop for groceries. It has continuity and flow and yet can look so very random from a distance. 

This unschooling life is ... life without a packaged curriculum, but not without abundant learning. Life without arbitrary bedtimes, but not without well-rested children (most days). Life without enforced chores, but not without willing helpers (most times). Parenting without discipline and shaming, but not without support and guidance. Parenting with honesty and respect and kindness towards the children, not demanded from them, as they learn by example. Life lived out loud at times, and simply and quietly at times, as mood and season and circumstances allow. It looks so different from family to family, but from here, it looks and feels joyful and messy and amazing and ordinary.

All of the following photos are random moments from our mid-September days. (Sept. 6-18)

Elroy Historical Society Museum

"Mama, look! I made my hands look fancy!"

snap circuits



more snap circuits

helping make cheesy gluten-free lasagna in the crock pot

 anatomy coloring book

cursive on the tablet

more snap circuits; an adjustable tone generator this time

sister love

in the overgrown garden


math fun on Khan Academy

sharing a computer game

playing and reading by the water

 display about Mongolia at the library

photo by Camille, on a country road

hydroelectric dam

  Castle Rock

*pic by Camille

 checking out geese through the spotting scopes
at the Necedah Wildlife Refuge

 whooping cranes and sandhill cranes

We were so excited to see these endangered beauties. In the 1940s, there were only twenty-some whooping cranes left in the wild. There are approximately 600 now in existence, with the majority living free. The whoopers were kind enough to let us stand there and watch them for over half-an-hour, only flying off after we were walking away.

 mammoth sunflower

  donkey at the apple orchard

 pep band

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.” ―William Martin
art: Marla Frazee

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