Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Unschooling

While we normally use the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling, now and then we take a week off from that and do a week of unschooling. If you don't know what unschooling is, look at this website, or Google it to find lots more information. But basically it's learning that's completely child-directed. The parent functions primarily as a facilitator, helping the child to find things related to their interests.

I'm always amazed by how much Lucy learns during these unschooling weeks. Here's an example of what she did during a recent week off:

1. Read two classic books: Cinderella, and The BFG, by Roald Dahl
2. Created a Vivaldi notebook page
3. Made a garden in the driveway, which involved dumping a bunch of dirt in the driveway and planting weeds and nuts in it.
4. Played with Legos a lot
5. Made a pioneer journal
6. Invented a game which involved me hiding addition flashcards and her answering them when she found them.
7. Figured out that she already new her times 10 and times 11 facts

3 comments:

SmallWorld at Home said...

We are definitely having an unschooling week. I was planning on taking off the last 2 days but got word that my parents are coming in earlier than expected. So school this week means baking, cleaning, gardening, mowing, and decorating. Definitely a home ec kind of week!

Marci Johnson said...

You're having a life-skills learning week! I love that I can teach so many more things like that to my kids, with them not in school all day! People are always amazed at how much my 8-year old daughter is capable of doing around the house.

Rebecca said...

I especially love no. 6 and no. 7 Lucy is so cool!