Unschool log - June 2018
This month has been an array of sunshine, colour, cuddles and fun. I'm super excited to share with you what we've been up to this month. However, before we do, I just wanted to say thank you for all of the amazing support you've shown with us on our YouTube channel. Your kindness has really touched our hearts. We have received many questions on our channel and I would just like to reiterate that I am happy to answers any queries you have regarding unschooling or home education. We will be compiling a frequently asked questions video and a section on our blog shortly so if you feel there is anything that we could cover to help yourselves or other unschooling families than please don't hesitate to contact us. Now, without further ado, on to this months log. What did the kids learn that I didn't teach them?
Well, Fin shocked the life out of me this month by beginning to spell correctly! We are only just working on his reading at the moment but he has proved to be an absolute sponge and apparently can read a word a few times and then just remember how it's spelt and write a sentence! It was the opposite way with Pops. She got reading in the blink of an eye but still finds it hard to spell. Fin can take or leave reading but will apparently be writing a novel by his fifth birthday! Haha!!
Pops has learnt to choreograph a dance all by herself and it was amazing! She is such a beautiful dancer. She has had training in both ballet and street dance for the last six years and has a natural grace that I could only dream of. This month, however, she has started to show a real talent for choreography and we have been blessed with many impromptu dance showcases over the last few weeks. Eat your heart out Wayne Sleep!
What did the kids teach me that I didn't already know?
Here are some super random and extremely interesting facts for you this month. It takes just 15 seconds for a 30 storey building to be demolished using explosives?? How do I now know this? It has come from a new selection of spot and find books that both kids are a little bit obsessed with at the moment. (Book photos down below)
The word dinosaur comes from the Greek language and means terrible lizard. This is a super cool fact, made only cooler by it being told to me by a 4-year-old! Sometimes my kids just blow my mind. They truly are my world and inspiration. I am full of so much more wonder and wisdom because I hang out with them all day, every day.
What would I have missed most if they were at school?
One word this month...cuddles. We have been a super duper cuddly bunch this month. I think the change in season has brought about chaotic minds for my two little ones and with that, it has brought disrupted sleep patterns and crazy dreams. This has made them need a little more reassurance in the mummy love department which (of course) I have been more than willing to partake in! It is so lovely being able to be so in tune with their body and mind rhythms. To always be there whenever they need that extra care and attention. To envelop them with pure love and to kiss away any insecurities. The summer for us is filled with activity, travel and adventure and it is no wonder that their dreams follow a similar pattern. These are things that I would have missed out on greatly if they were at school as I simply wouldn't be able to honour their needs in this way and would have missed out on so many sleepy cuddles and warm scented cheeks squeezed up against mine throughout the long hazy days and fitful nights.
What was the most exciting bit of learning this month?
By far it is a unanimous decision that this month's most exciting learning has come from the world of art. We have all been enjoying painting together (myself included) and it has become quite a passion in our home. The kids have taken to painting on canvas and now my home is filled with an array of beautifully painted, bright and happy pictures. It has been very therapeutic. We enjoy painting in the garden in the cool evening air. It is a great activity to relax the kids before their bath and bed. Next month we have decided to take some watercolours to the beach for the kids to paint the ocean using real seawater. (Not sure who's more excited about this, them or me!)
What was one of the hardest bits about unschooling this month?
This month the kids have bickered...a lot. I think this goes hand in hand with their change in sleep and active summer minds. They have been great at playing when we are out and about or distracted with the day but when we have had quiet time alone and they have needed to share in a game or activity it has been, shall we say testing at times. There is no denying that being in each others company 24/7 there will be times when we frustrate one another but it has most definitely been more of a 'thing' this month. I shall say no more on this topic except, next month, will try harder and will get more sleep. (Its always good to have a plan during the tricky times!)
What was their favourite day out this month?
This month we were lucky enough to be invited to an animal sanctuary! Now, being vegan we obviously don't visit zoos or other animal places of entertainment so this was a real treat to get hands-on with some lovely animals with some truly heartfelt stories to tell. We had the chance to cuddle a turkey called Matilda. The kids stroked her until she fell asleep in their embrace. There were dogs, cats, cows, sheep, chickens and pigs. Oh, the pigs were just so amazing. Here is a little video of our day there so you can see just what a wonderful time we had.
What were the best books used this month?
As mentioned above, the Spot and Find books have been well used and loved.
Also this month we have been doing a fair amount of map work. The kids have this rug on their playroom floor and they began a game of 'jump to the country.' We supported this by getting out the globe and following through with this book & this book. Both kids sat with us for hours looking at all of the fun facts from around the world and enjoyed getting involved with finding the countries and continents. It was one of those beautiful unschooling moments. If I had instigated it, then it would never have been enjoyed but because it evolved at the right time they learnt so much under their own steam. Needless to say, not a lot of housework got done that day but...meh! There's always tomorrow.
The Eat Your Peas book has long been a favourite bedtime story. It is so humorous and the kids love it when we reel off the long list of items Daisy's mum tries to bribe her with. It leaves us breathless and full of giggles each time.
What were the best learning resources used this month?
What were the most used apps/YouTube videos this month?
Pops simply loves these three marker challenge videos. She likes challenging herself to complete a piece of art in just three colours!
Fin is going through a singing phase and loves watching Disney movie songs. Here are a couple of his favourites at the moment.