I wonder if anyone is interested in having a closer look at what my girls did this week. Perhaps you’d like to see how I recorded their learning experiences? In my latest video, I promised to share the link to one of my Evernote homeschooling notebooks, not to show off what we are doing, but rather to encourage the sharing of ideas.
I did say I’d make the link public but after looking more closely at that option, I think it’s safer not to do this because my notes could be changed and saved by anyone. But if you send me your email address, I’ll send you an individual invitation. (Please don’t save a copy or share my notebook with anyone else.) My email address is email@example.com, or send me a message via my Facebook page.
I guess my notebook, 5th May 2014, is
as typical a week as unschooling gets in our home.
prayers, cooking… that happen every week.
family who loves writing. This week the girls wrote and edited and published blog posts. I saw them writing in their journals and they probably did some other writing, but I didn’t record these activities.
video making at the moment. Sophie has been discussing ideas for setting up her own Youtube channel and becoming a vlogger. (Now where would she have got an idea like that??) They might be involved with something different next week or the
week after… or maybe not.
this video I found about China? It’s called Wild China… Have you heard about
the Pythagorean Theorem? We could find out who Pythagoras was.” The girls love
finding out new things. They also love watching videos with me so it’s rare for
them to show no interest.
them on what they’ve heard. I don’t demand a retelling. I find conversations
naturally spring up after I have finished a chapter.
I’ll look for a resource to explain. “I’ve found a Brainpop video about
communism. Would you like to watch?” They are always agreeable. They even enjoy
trying out the associated Brainpop quizzes but I don’t insist they do them. They treat the quizzes as a bit of fun, and not something that has to be done. They aren’t interested in any of the other associated Brainpop activities like the lesson plans.
with a book she wants to share.
not stumble over by themselves. The other day I asked them if they’d like to
read a poem with me. We flipped through a poetry book and discovered My Last
Duchess by Robert Browning. None of us had much idea what it was about so we went searching for
more information, and ended up watching a Youtube video. We all learnt
something and all enjoyed sharing. I always offer on a no-obligation-to-accept
at this video I’ve edited, please? Could you then upload it to Youtube for me?”
reading one of those Shakespeare books that’s on my Kindle.”
Do you have any good books?” This week Sophie decided to read a book called Disappearing Spoons, a book of tales about the elements of the Periodic Table.
she closes up and retreats at the mere mention of the word. I usually wait for
her to show an interest, which she did this week. She set herself the task of
playing an addition battle computer game. She does like to watch maths videos which
are designed for older people, the whole maths ones, where maths isn’t broken
down into individual skills but is presented as being interesting for its own
Years ago, I thought unschooling meant I had to stand back and not interfere with my children’s learning. I have since discovered I need to get involved. I have to enrich my girls’ environment by strewing resources both passively and actively. I often learn alongside them, and I have my own passions I work on. Learning is for everyone, not just school age children. We are all unschooling. It’s a family affair. I think my notebook reflects our approach to unschooling.
I entered all this week’s learning experiences into an Evernote notebook using labels and tags. I also tried adding some outcomes, just as I described in my last video.
any questions, please feel free to ask!