A Good Day for Un-Schooling

If ever there was a critic of my homeschooling style, I sure wish he would have dropped by my house on Monday.

Monday is not a school day for us. It is one of the Man’s days off, and so we use it to do chores and work around the house and farm. But, after all the chores were done, and everyone dispersed to do as they pleased, this was the scene in our little home.

The Bookworm decided to write a report on the human body.

This report is complete with sketches of bones and muscles, filled with facts and information that she gathered from books and online, and was totally voluntary.

Then, there was the Boy. He decided to take apart that old camera that got ruined with sand last summer and try to fix it.

This is still a work in progress. I was impressed, though, when he was able to get it back together to test his success! This was also totally voluntary.

Later, the Dancing Queen offered to read to me while I folded laundry. She regaled me with “Go, Dog, Go” in true first grade form – a real milestone in her educational career. And it was totally voluntary.

Not all days are like that. There are some days when they play all day. There are some days when I have to sit them down and make them study. But, every once in a while, it all comes together and I see that I am accomplishing my goals for them – to instill in them a curiosity about the world around them, to give them the tools they need to find the answers, and to allow them to grow into the people they are meant to be.

Yes. Monday was a good day for un-schooling.


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