Here are some photos from our first month of homeschooling/unschooling. We’re still figuring it all out. I named this post “Pistachio School” because one family starting bringing pistachios for snack and then all of us started buying pistachios after that. Like they reminded us that pistachios rule.
Monthly Archives: October 2014
A quick one
I felt like sharing a pretty indicative homeschool experience. When people ask what we do all day it’s hard to quantify it. The school day is not 9-3, and there are no weekends or vacation days. Usually it’s about 10:30pm when Fern says something like, “Mom, can we learn about The Oregon Trail? Like, right now?” It could be anything — creatures of the ocean, bridge building, playing piano — at any time. This is what I love about home learning and what I think she’ll ultimately gain from it. But, 10:30 is late. It could be too late or we’re in the car or I’m in the middle of making coffee. Do I put her off and revisit it later, hoping she’ll still be into it? Or do I do what I can because it’s the moment, now, when inspirado strikes her.
So that’s what happened this morning. I was eating my breakfast, in the process of doing dishes, making plans, reading news. I heard, “Mom, can we learn all about flowers and what their parts are?” In my former life I did many flower studies with lots of kids. I know what to say and how to prompt; I know the tools and the dissections and the hands-on potential. But I was in the middle of something. Plus, I only have a couple of flower books and nothing was really what I was looking for (a good diagram of flower parts and what they do). But I went with it.
We tore apart flowers and talked about pollen and seed dispersal, why flowers are colorful or smell good or bad. At one point I asked her a leading question about pollination.
“If a plant is stuck in the ground, how does its pollen get to another flower?”
Her answer: “Maybe a gorilla could pull up the flowers and ride a tiger over to the other plants.”