It's June - HUZZAH!
Like most weeks around The Joys of Home Educating we are non-stop fun! Last weekend was Molly's ballet recital. She ROCKED IT! Of course a little reception was in order afterwards! We also had a few family movie nights outdoors!
We were invited to help celebrate a good friend turning 5 last weekend! Strawberry Shortcake was the theme and she was so cute in her costume!
We leave for a week long camping vacation in a week and in preparation for that I had emailed a woman about a homeschooling program that will be going on the same time we are at the campgrounds (who knew, right!)
Anyway, it seems that their program is "closed" to additional participants, but could not hurt to ask, right?! This woman, in emailing me back, informed me that "her group" of home schoolers are a "radical unschooling" group.
This intrigued me. I am familiar with "unschoolers" but the term "radical" got the best of my curiosity. So I took to the internet and did some research.
I was not surprised by much of what I found, but some of it had all sort of questions popping up in my head. One of the areas in which I had some 2nd thoughts on was the "self directed" learning. Radical Unschoolers believe in letting their children lead the education on a daily basis....typically no workbooks or curriculum, just life....letting math, reading, science etc. come naturally with self learning and researching.
I wanted to try a little social experiment of my own. Starting on Monday I allowed the children (not letting in on my plan) to "play" and be "on their own" for most of our typical learning day.
Zachary kept asking "when are we having school?" (which I ignored his questions and finally stopped asking)
The girls never asked.
What I found was surprising to me. I thought for sure the girls would play dolls or dress up or something together. To my surprise, Molly started a loom project alone...Zachary was into a mega LEGO building project and Sammie was "reading" in all corners of the house. I saw some art projects being worked on and some "research" on the internet going on (with regards to our snake skin that we found in the play yard). Zachary read 4 books in a week (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) and Molly wrote a book on Art. Could this be happening without my direction and my teachings? I guess so!
Now I am not saying that we are switching up our usual routine and becoming "radical unschoolers" but I am open to the idea of letting go of the "normal routine" now and then! For more information on radical unschooling here are a few sites that were informative:
http://www.jennifermcgrail.com/ ( a new favorite blog of mine now!)
something I know you would love to check out: Jennifer McGrail's blog...has this great Post on socialization - you wont be sorry you read THIS POST!
What's happening outside this week....
I could not believe my eyes when I saw this HUGE Bug, that looking like a hummingbird (same size as one also), fly up to our flowers (upper left and bottom right) . I was so glad I was able to get a few good shots of it before it quickly flew away. I have never heard of the Hummingbird Moth before... We also found some other great bugs...a wasp flying...an ant pulling a dead bee (upper right)...a nest has been started in an old birdhouse that Zachary made.
An additional shot I got of the Hummingbird Moth. Love this one!
On Tuesday I saw that the weather forecast was looking excellent! Decided at last minute to book a hotel room and take the kids to the Ocean for a few days! I have been waiting for the perfect chance to get back to the Jersey Shore and support the local economy! Of course, we had a blast!
Day 1 - Beach fun! Sand castles..swimming (in very cold water...), playing! Sammie is investigating her shells with her magnifying glass.
There was an outside stage/theater across from our motel..girls saw it and said..oh we can do a show for you momma. Of course they can...Look at the height Molly gets on her ballet spins! That girl can dance!
We stopped at a Veterans Memorial to pray for a bit. Reflect and count our blessings. Zachary wanted to be alone when he prayed..touched me...(think I am doing something right..)
Day 2 - Rides, games and the Aquarium
What a great time we had...love going in the "off" seasons...not too crowded and plenty to do! (no lines either!)
This weekend - Date Day for the hubby and myself! Celebrating 13 years together! Off to the winery for some music, great food and fun! Sunday - Last day of Sunday School and Zachary receives his bible that day in front of the Congregation! HUZZAH!
Joining Mary and more friends over at Homegrown Learners for Collage Friday! Won't you join me?