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Highlights on Unschooling Littles

I have to warn you; my upcoming thoughts may be directly linked to my belly and season 3. It’s been so long that I haven’t had an over emotional pregnancy brain, I forget which is which. Also, if I start babbling on about kittens or that one sentimental insurance commercial ignore me. Thanks.

Tonight, I’m putting my littles to bed with the sounds of metal in the background.–I’m sorry, you’re right I do mean m3T@l. –I’ve spent the evening playing hookey from this particular show. My excuse is my littles. But in all honesty, I’m not doing metal right now. And it’s a rough crowd tonight. It’s really not a place for littles to be.

Ah, tangent. Apologies.–blame the belly.

I’ve been thinking of them and their learning lately. There was a delicious unschooling post at walk slowly, live wildly today. With an interesting discussion afterwords on whether unschooling is really successful or not.

I have to say; it’s successful for us. So far.

I have a beautifully bright 4 year old who loves life. She loves practicing writing and is always asking me to write things so she can copy them. She’s desperate to learn how to read–but insists on doing it her own way, and I’m not sure what that way is yet, but we’re figuring it out.  She’s athletic like none other. She loves loves loves to help the big kids in the coffee shop with the duties that are done around the place. And she’s quick as a whip at her Awana group every week.

In my mind. That’s success.



I have a spunky 2 year old. She’s got this new baby thing down. She knows for sure that when her has grown longer she can be a big sister and this baby can come. She’s constantly kissing season 3 and talking to the babe. Her own little mamma insticts come out more and more and she dotes on her own babies. She’s more analytical. Rather observant. She gets things. Understands life in a very easy way.–ie. her hair has to grow to be a big sister. That’s how her sister is, so obviously that’s the way it goes–not to fail to mention she wants to do and be everything her older sister is doing and being. Learning life at rates I never knew possible for a 2 year old.

In my mind. That’s success.

We haven’t done fantastical field adventures lately. And we haven’t played games geared around letters and learning. But that’s the beauty of unschooling. We don’t have to. We don’t have to feel the pressure to do it.

If I’m honest with you, I was bumming a bit since we’ve been back. Feeling like I need to put that time and energy for learning. Something I can say we accomplished. It hasn’t happened. I can’t even clean my house right now due to exhaustion, let alone creating an adventure for these littles.

And then I got to thinking. I was thinking about all the things in every day life that these girls are learning. Copying letters. Writing her own letters. Learning about babies.  And learning the basics about being a part of a team and helping out. Wow. They’ve learned a lot in the past couple of weeks.  Let alone all the learning that happens on a trip.

In my mind. That’s success.

Again. Excuse the belly oriented emotional post, now excuse me while go weep over kitties

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2 comments for “Highlights on Unschooling Littles”

  1. LOVE it! PLUS, I know you are expecting them to surpass every other standard, so think about all they have learned and ONLY being 4 & 2~ I can’t even get my 2 yr old to talk … except to strangers! :) You’re doing a great job!
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    Posted by Shelley | April 18, 2010, 1:53 pm
  2. I think going to Florida was quite the fantastical field adventure! Should hold them over until Cornerstone. =)

    Posted by Kelly | April 18, 2010, 2:39 pm

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