Week in the Life of an Unschooler | How We Homeschool #8
Hello there! Here's another roundup of what we've been doing in my Week in the Life of an Unschooler series. I love seeing how other families live, so I figured maybe someone else might enjoy this little peek--especially if they are wondering how we unschool.
As usual, there are a mix of my SLR and iphone photos :)
Week in the Life of an Unschooler: How We Homeschool
1. We're not against screens, but one of our kids has an unhealthy relationship with them. He has somewhat of an addiction to youtube, so we've been doing some professionally recommended "brain training" where we have the kids go through 10 minutes of a "preferred" activity and then 10 minutes of a "non-preferred" activity. There are no "just one more minute" or "hold on I'm almost done". When the timer goes off they have to move to the other activity.
The point is to show them that they can stop even when they don't want to. I'll let you know if we see an improvement. Early results are not that encouraging...
2. We met up with some other homeschoolers at the MAC rec center in Castle Rock, Colorado. It was so fun for the kids and even more fun for me to hang with the other homeschooling moms. We compared notes and told stories and laughed our butts off.
3. Kate made orange creamsicles--she's been asking to make these for months and I finally remembered to get the (two) ingredients. Rex wants to get in on the action, as usual.
4. We started a new approach to house chores. I'm calling it "Family Contributions" instead of chore assignments. There will also be an opportunity for "Paid Gigs" in the future. This was week one and it went really well, but I'm going to give it a month or two before I declare victory ;)
I couldn't believe how not-grossed out Townes was about scrubbing a toilet...it's literally my least favorite thing to do and he didn't bat an eye (and I even forgot to get him his gloves!).
5. I forced them out for some fresh air in a before-bed walk to the park where they tried to to avoid the bugs and goose poop (so gross).
6. Kate and I took a Mother's Day cooking class together at Uncorked Kitchen in Centennial, Colorado, the day before Mother's Day. She's taken some kid's classes there before and loved them. I thought maybe this would help motivate me in the kitchen ;) (spoiler: it didn't)
It was so fun and the food was amazing. Definitely not Keto and I paid for two days afterwards, but worth it. Yum. We're going back next week for another class!
And most importantly, Kate was beaming with me there to see her in her element.
7. Our Tahoe is nine years old...not sure how that happened and since the kids never use the built in DVD player (thank you, Amazon Fires :), we finally updated the stereo system to be compatible with our modern day phones.
A project in this house isn't complete unless it's a "Joe customization" LOL He got Townes in on the soldering part (smoke=fun). Looks like it was thrilling for Townes haha.
8. Kate is showing more interest in sewing so we got her a machine and enrolled her in some classes. She made a pillow in this class!
9. We did Mother's Day out at Urban Egg. Love that place--and these kids :)
10. We made a quick visit to the mall and stopped in the Lego store--the kids were practically the only customers and the employee had the kids create something with the same set of Lego pieces to see their different ideas.
She put their creations, along with other kids' creations from the week up on display on the back ledge. It was so cool!
11. We finished a (pretty hard!) puzzle with 500 pieces and to keep the momentum going we decided to go ahead and open the next puzzle. The only problem: this one is 1,000 pieces! That didn't stop us from getting after it, though :)
12. The Denver Aquarium never gets old. Plus, I don't mind timing it for a lunch stop in their restaurant.
13. We finally got the drill out and hung up new pictures in the kids' rooms. And while the kids were a big help, someone got distracted along the way :)
14. Our freezer is leaking water and creating a thick layer of ice on the bottom of the freezer, so we had Townes take a hammer and chisel to it. Then the kids threw the huge chunks off the deck.
15. A new Pokemon book and poster captured the kids' attention for hours and hours this week. Plus, I decided to dig in and learn more about it. They both are so into it and I know nothing!
I mean, I hear them telling me all about it, but I'm not really listening.
Until now. They were so surprised when I told them I wanted to learn how to play the game. It was amazing to hear how much they know about this alternate universe.
Is it interesting? Not really, but I am understanding more about why they are so drawn to it. Kindness, honor, bravery...the usual stuff you find in a good story :)
All that with some Minecraft, Cool Math, Typing Class, the library, dance classes, parkour, reading and speech therapy, and a family night of watching Crash and Bernstein reruns. It's never dull around here.
I hope you had a great week :)