Homeschooling, Unschooling!

He learned to play the guitar this year!

School is almost complete, so it’s that time of year where we start thinking about how we want to do things differently for next year.  Thinking about what worked for us and what didn’t.  At times I can be very hard on myself and look back at all the stuff that we didn’t do and tend to forget all the things that we did.  Then I realize, my boy has learned so much this year!  Aside from academics, we wanted to teach him life skills (street smarts as my pop would call it).  A couple of things we wanted to teach him was how to be respectful and aware of other people.  To be confident when speaking to adults and to always look the person in the eye.  So, whenever we were out and about, we’d ask him to do little things like asking the price of an item at the store, ordering his own food at a restaurant, asking for information at the library, and the list goes on.  Every opportunity we had we jumped on it.  WE didn’t realize how much he would grow from having those experiences.  He has grown to be a little independent person.

This type of learning would be considered Unschooling.  There is a lot of controversy over this choice of education, but I find that our family works well as Structured Unschoolers.  Where we have structured learning on some days and unschooling on others.  Now since we use a parent charter homeschool for our schooling, we are not considered unschoolers, but someday dream of venturing out on our own as home-schoolers without restraints.

So with that being said, I wanted to share this awesome free online event called The Unschooling Summit.  It’s taking place this Monday May 21st until June 1 with new speakers everyday and event recordings in case you miss it!

Hope you enjoy this beautiful day!



New Feature!

I am pleased to bring you my first weekly feature!  Monday sounded like a great day to post something educational for the little ones and maybe their Mama’s too,  so I declare Monday, Educating Monday (until I come up with a better name)!  I’m sure I’ll create other posts that happen to be educational, but land on another day of the week.   Please don’t hold it against me as it is in my nature .  Especially since my sister and I are always swapping websites!  Also a home-school parent:)  Just my way to keep me motivated and inspired!

Please don’t turn away now, all you non-homeschoolers, this feature is intended for all families no matter what form of education you use!  Everyone is welcome here!

Here it goes…for the past few months I’ve been following Mr. Joseph Hoffman at piano lessons for kids here, as he teaches my eight year old to play the piano.  He’s been around for about a year now and has really good techniques for teaching young children to play and makes it fun and interesting.  I sometimes have a hard time with my boy when it comes to learning new things.  He is a perfectionist, like his Mama and often gets easily discouraged when he can not succeed his first time.  As with all things, practice makes perfect!  Mr. Hoffman is really good at explaining that things are not always going to work unless you take your time and practice.  So check it out if you’re looking for piano lessons and the best part is it’s free!

p.s. if you’d like to see something more specific on educational activities, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to find it!  Have a good day!