Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What does Unschooling look like in your home currently?

Unschooling Voices asks us to post some pictures this month of what unschooling currently looks like in our house. Here is my response...

We've been busy with crafts...like the birdbaths the kids made. Matthew dug up an old frisbee, filled it with water and added some large rocks. Rose, on the other hand, filled a bucket with water, grass and rocks and left her frisbee on the ground next to it. She then gave me orders to tell her when a bird came to take a bath. "Sure. Why?" I asked. She said very seriously, "So I can put the lid on it!" So Rose made more of a bird trap instead of a bath but she gets bonus points for creativity and uniqueness.


Matthew also made an "ant trap". The tape from the floor to the container was so they could climb up the sides and eat the Rice Krispies, cleverly disguised as ant bait.

Rose's approach was again unique...she added mini marshmallows to further lure them into her container. Then she added water "to drown them when they go down to eat the food," she said with glee in her eyes.


We went to the zoo on Memorial Day. We learned that day that we don't much care for heat and humidity combined. Well, I already knew that one but I think the kids learned it well that day. I did get to learn more about my fantabulous Olympus E500 though...enough to capture this (and it's prettier at high resolution which Blogger won't let me show...spooty Blogger)...

We also have some new baby cheetah cubs at our zoo and the kids had fun at a side information table. They saw a cheetah skull and felt cheetah fur, as well as ask all kinds of questions about them. The kids have recently been pretending they are cheetahs so I feel almost as if we're in the middle of an impromptu unit study. Those are the kiddos in the tie-dye shirts (we wear those to the zoo because it's easy to spot each other in a crowd). And check out Rose's new stack haircut! It's so much cuter from the front. I'll post a pic soon.



Matthew made a spider with his sandwich makings one day...


But Rose's love of crafting has eased her into becoming a federal law breaker. Yes, that's her inner artist hard at work here. And yes, that's a $20...does anyone think I *shouldn't* have told her they were going to take her to jail for this? ;) I just wonder when I ask the bank to replace it, will they laugh or fine me? Either way, it's definitely something new to learn...and that's the whole point. ;)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those are some creative kids indeed! They'll probably replace it though if you have all of the bits. There are people whose job it is to tape bills back together. Weird.

Kim from Relaxed Homeskool

Jen E said...

Very creative!! I’m with Rose on the ants. After having a major ant infestation, I’m all for drowning the little suckers!!!! And the bank will replace torn money? I didn’t know that!!! Cool!!!

Laurie said...

Yes Jen - Hubby said that if you have 3/5 of a bill, the bank will replace it. This keeps people from ripping $100 bills in half and making a quick $100 extra. ;) I think our mutilated $20 qualifies for 3/5 of a bill. lol

Tracy said...

Okay, I'm really laughing about the $20... reminds me of when my oldest (then about 2) decorated her book with all those pretty flag stickers. It was a brand new roll of stamps! Boy did we learn how well they stick.

Stacey said...

Good Lord, cut up money. THAT is one my kids HAVEN'T thought of. Yet.