Unschooling Notes

Issac learning to use a basic paint program on Ubuntu.
Issac learning to use a basic paint program on Ubuntu.

Issac discovered GNU Paint on Ubuntu and spent the afternoon happily learning the basics of a paint program.

Esther doing Wii Fit
Esther doing Wii Fit

The kids have been doing a ton of Wii Fit (so have hubby and I–it is a great low impact workout for me and hubby has lost about 7 lbs because of the daily workout.)  It has really helped Rach with her balance issues as well as helping her recognize her eating habits and develop better ones (so has The Lord’s Table for Children which she has been working through.  It has really helped her attitude towards food.)

Rachel learning Gimp
Rachel learning Gimp

Rach is working on a new website, working from the bottom up.  She started by installing WordPress and now is learning Gimp and CSS so she can design it from scratch.  Today she spent several hours learning to use Gimp and brainstorming blog names.  She came up with a super cute one–cute enough to inspire a painting for the header (I had intended to let her design it completely but she was tickled when I offered to paint it for her.  You can see a sneak preview here.

Issac got this for Christmas and has working at building it since then.  He finished it yesterday.
Issac got this Bionicle for Christmas and has working at building it since then. He finished it yesterday.

Aside from these things the kids have been baking, learning to help with the house more (since I have been working about 30 hours a week designing several websites for clients.)  Watching tons of educational movies, reading tons of books, acting out Bible stories (they spent two days “playing” Joshua and the fall of Jericho with an old tent in the basement.  We are without car again so we have done a ton of staying home working on projects, like cleaning out bed rooms, getting rid of clothes that no longer fit, rearranging furniture.  Both girls have also been getting a ton of use out of their Eeepc’s and Issac has enjoyed having the other computer all to himself. I also found out that my son has an extraordinary amount of knowledge about volcanoes.  I knew he watched tons of volcano movies over and over but didn’t realize he had been absorbing the information involved.  We were talking at bed time one night recently and he started explaining pyroclastic flow to me.  What a funny thing to hear come out of 7 year old’s mouth.

Another interesting thing is that we, as a family, are reading through the Bible daily together.  We are going chronologically which is very interesting (I have read through multiple times but never chrono.)  The girls have always been very engaged in it but having Shamus involved is really helping Issac get interested.  Today he informed me that we are reading Leviticus which is the law.  It really has been such a blessing.  And since we home-church anyway, it has meshed well–now we pray together and read daily, about 3 chapters, and on Saturday we sing a little as well.  We are really enjoying the dailiness of it all instead of fussing about church on Sunday and it being something we HAVE to get through, this way is an enjoyable family thing that we do together.

On a side note I want to mention the awesome fingerless gloves with pockets for heat packs my dear friend Melissa sent me.  They are making it so I can actually type despite being frozen.  She is awesome!  I will post a photo of them soon.  I would right now except it is dark in here and I am enjoying them too much.