Recently I found all kinds of things to strew in front of Charlotte.
I discovered a TV program about Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin, and told Charlotte about it. I remembered we owned the book. I thought she would love to read it. And then there’s the movie version.
I subscribed to Explore Learning’s maths and science Gizmos and imagined all the fun Charlotte would have playing with them.
I found a chemistry book, The Joy of Chemistry, full of experiments that can be performed with materials easily obtained from our local shops. Perfect for Charlotte the Unschooling Chemist.
There were other things too…
Don’t you think all these resources sound very interesting?
If I were a teenage unschooler, I would be very excited by what I’d found. I’d want to start watching, reading, clicking… straight away. So why did Charlotte screw up her nose and ignore my suggestions? I am a little disappointed.
What shall I do? Shall I keep nagging her to take a look at my strewing? I think for a moment and the answer comes loud and clear:
Leave Charlotte to learn what she wants to learn… and use the resources myself. Because when it comes down to it, it’s me who’s excited by what I’ve found, not Charlotte.
I guess there’s always the possibility that when Charlotte sees how involved I am with my DVD, tutorial, book… she might suddenly become interested. She might settle down next to me and want to take a look after all. But if she doesn’t, that’s perfectly okay.
We are all different. We don’t have to learn the same things. There are so many interesting things to investigate, it doesn’t matter at all if Charlotte rejects some of my strewing.
So what do I do when strewing is rejected? I keep looking for other resources for my children and I use the rejected ones myself.
I’ve just discovered the ABC shop has Mao’s Last Dancer on special. I’ve ordered a copy (for myself). I am going to enjoy it!