Weekend Review- Still Learning to Let Go

We’re finishing up our second week of unschooling…

     We’re finishing up our second week of unschooling today, and this week has definitely had its UPS and downs. Unfortunately, a lot of those downs came when I started stressing too much about what my kids were doing.
     Since my kids spend so much time on their tablets, I’ve initiated a ”media blackout” everyday between 1-4 when all electronics must be put away, unless they want to research something or are watching a tutorial.
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Summer(2) on a Leap Pad Learning Tablet.
    
     It’s during these media-free periods that I find it hardest to let go of determining what they will do and what they will learn. It’s hard for me to let go of what other kids their age, even homeschooled kids, are learning.
     They are learning, though. Everyday.

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Dillon finishing up the first chapter of his science-fiction story

     This week has been pretty uneventful as far as outside activities. The only time we even left the house this week was to get groceries, so I’m just going to review the week as a whole, rather than day by day.

     So what did we do this week? Other than lots of Minecraft, Ruzzle, Scribblenauts, and Sims, the kids did everything from art to science experiments.
     We’re still reading Little House on the Prairie together and enjoying it immensely. The kids  have been doing their own reading
everyday,too, like Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and Little House in the Big Woods.

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     Dillon(13) has really been on a roll with writing this week. Besides writing a science-fiction story, he’s also started a blog and has been posting 2-3 times a day. He loves it.

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     Dillon and Arianna(12) did several experiments this week with eggs and other things we just had lying around the house.

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This experiment shows how soap breaks the surface tension of water.

     Devin(14) started her homeschool photography class last week. She’s a little bored so far because there haven’t been any shooting assignments yet, but that’s kind of a good thing because her auto focus hasn’t been working all the time, so we have to get it repaired.
     Yesterday was Ireland’s 4th birthday, so Arianna, our resident baker, made her a cake.

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     The younger kids played a lot this week. Apples to Apples, Operation, puzzles, and imaginative play occupied most of their time.
    
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     So while my kids haven’t built a nuclear reactor out of paper clips and string :), they’ve had a lot of fun this week just being themselves and exploring their own interests, while I am slowly, but surely, becoming okay with this.

What’s your week been like?

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Unschooling- Week 1 Photo Review

Here’s a recap of our week in photos.

     Our first week of unschooling after five years of either traditional or eclectic homeschool has ended. So what did we do? Here’s a recap of our week in photos.

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Lots of modeling clay and playdough creations

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Puzzles galore!

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Some new hair colors

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Painting

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Making baking clay

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Lots of science experiments- the first picture shows a static electricity experiment in which you rub a plastic spoon on your hair and use it to attract pepper on a plate; the second and third were egg experiments my son got off YouTube (although we had done the second one before). In the second egg experiment, you light a piece of paper on fire, drop it into a bottle, then quickly put a peeled, hard-boiled egg on top. The flame creates a vacuum which sucks the egg in.

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That’s Devin hiding behind Lifepac Science!

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And lots of this!

What have you done this week?

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