Friday, March 23, 2012
Recently we have befriended some unschoolers. For those of you who may not know the difference, an unschooler is one who is led by the child's own interest and desire to learn, rather than a forced curriculum or schedule. This type a girl could never do that but I have noticed some benefits to this flexible style of teaching. For example, with Tony home these couple of days it seems that no one wants to sit with nose in book and learn. There is an insane curiosity about daddy and what he is doing. I of course encourage the children to bond with Tony and I am trying to "go with the flow" as they say. Yesterday Emerson and Blaise helped Tony do the mulch and in the process he taught them gardening, landscaping, and value of hard work. Today is a lesson in auto mechanics as Tony's car is back in the shop and Blaise is getting first hand knowledge of how to fix a car! And what am I teaching the girls?!? The finer art of shopping for the best deals on tees, ballet shoes, and sandals. I am not so sure if I could ever permanently become an unschooler but it definitely has its pluses!