Wednesdays are library day. Every morning we all walk the six blocks so the younger kids can participate in story time, and the older kids can peruse comics (which I now refuse to check out after G wrecked the cover of a $100 manga book) and find chapter books to bring home.
After story time I usually read books to them for a while, but today no one was interested. I was about to start home when I noticed G assembling this structure. He said, “It took thirteen years for them to build the international space station”, which he had learned from a book he was perusing just now, and then they pretended to run a space station for a while.
This is unschooling, guys. Mostly I am facilitating opportunities for self education; and note that I do assess my kids’ educational progress, but it is nearly entirely passive observation like this. And it works. I’ll write a post soon about my thoughts on E and school, now that she’s been there a whole month.
for now, let’s appreciate this library space station together.
“This is unschooling, guys.”
Such a perfect statement. I appreciate your writing style: it is bright and compassionate.
Thanks Graham. I also enjoy your posts—love seeing real life in action.