Monday, February 2, 2009

We are an Unschooling Family as of Today!

Last Thursday Ezie and Mallory finished up school in Rensselaer and as of today we are "unschoolers". I'm very new at this, but my sister Cathy is an expert so I'll be visiting her unschooling blog , Born to Learn .... Free to Learn, a lot for advice and information. It's going to take the kids awhile to adjust to not sitting down and doing school work everyday and me awhile to having them around 24-7, but I think it will all work and be fun in the long run!

Mallory is very interested in learning about Black History and The Underground Railroad so I bought a couple of movies, Sounder and Race to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad. We'll be doing some stuff on this topic and Ezie wants to find out how a huge ship can be steered by the one little wheel that the captain moves around. That should be interesting too!

Jace is going to love having the kids home all the time now. He learns so much from them. The kids are great at playing with him and Mallory is a born teacher. Jace's language improves so much everyday and he is getting more and more social. He isn't nearly as shy and withdrawn as he used to be.

Today, we are going to learn organizational skills and start unpacking and organizing the tons of stuff we moved over the weekend (we're finally done moving!!! Yay!!). This will be an on going project because, I kid you not, there is literally a ton of junk to go through. We are working towards organizing for a big garage sale this summer. The kids are going to help sort, price and sale stuff and then donate what doesn't sale. They are excited about the whole thing.

So I think our new adventure will be great for all of us! It will definitely be a learning experience for me as well as the kids and a great chance for all of us to reconnect as a family.


Cathy said...

Yay! I am so excited for your family. My best advice as an unschooler is to always follow your knows what to do and how to do it when you listen. Also, listen to the words and actions of your children. When they are home and have a say in their eduation, they start learning how to listen to their own hearts and minds and you will see amazing results. Learning is all around us in everything we do (you already found organization and planning for a garage sale) and our kids like to be a part of that world.

Polka Dot Moon said...

How wonderful Sherry! Best of luck to you and enjoy the ride!!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! taking kids out of public school is always the the hardest part of the decission. I'm so proud of you!

Deborah said...

Oh wow Sherry! That is so cool! I had no idea that this was in the plan. Of course, if Danny knew, he wouldn't have told me anyway! :-) I'm happy for you and the kids, and I think it's going to be an awesome, learning experience for you and your kids. Love, Deborah

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Sherry
I wish you well with your unschooling. I am sure you will all find it a wonderful experience.
Good luck with your organizing and sorting out.

Dianne said...

Good luck! Sounds like you are on the right track-always go by what the children's interests are as everything is a thing to be learn something new about. : )
Even though my son went all through regular school, we still did things with him that he liked at the time.
Don't forget to enter my One World-One Heart giveaway-I jumped on the bandwagon. : ) It's a sampling book of famous American painters like the Wyeths.
By the way, someone entered to try and win-and I never got a swap from them back in the fall. I think you know who I mean. I just deleted her name.

Lisa West said...

Wow, I'll have to check out that web-site. I wanted to share a scrap web-site with you. My last post shows it. She also has free e-mail newsletters if you are interested. She is a New Englander too. Take care, Lisa

Beth said...

Congratulations! Have a great time home schooling and unpacking - Beth

Beth said...

Oh, I will check out her site! I came here from imagingermonkey, and i am lgad I had a chance to read more of your blog!

Sonya said...

Am I too early to comment for Katy's international stashy-giveaway (It is Wednesday 4th here in Australia)? Goodness, who would have thought giving fabric away could be so much fun! I'm doing it too, so do visit - ooh, and great blog, by the way :o)

juliecache said...

I came here because of the stash give away, and am staying to read about your unschooling adventure. Congratulations on the decision.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Sherry, I am so excited about your decision to do this! I really think you all are going to love it. The kids are free now to explore Everything They are interested in. They will learn so much. I wish you the best! Twyla

Melinda Cornish said...

Wow good for you....I guess I am just not that brave....Melinda

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