Unschooling Notes: This post should have pictures.

  • Our house is trashed because there has been much learning going on.
  • Made the kids search for my missing field books and the Dangerous Book for Boys (because it had how to build a safe tree fort).
  • Kids found the books as well as several others that have all sorts of cool projects including one from 1890 and another from 1900-something.
  • Issac spent the rest of the day looking at my Audubon Society Wild Flower field book and pointing out plants we have around here.
  • We made our own laundry and dish detergent because Rachel wanted to –“It will save money, Mom, plus I want to be able to do things without having to rely on stores.”  *laundry detergent recipe from Dollar Stretcher *liquid dishwasher detergent here.
  • Issac wanted to continue making stuff so we made an eczema oil to later be used in a salve using this to help us along.  (For those who want to make their own herbal remedies I heartily recommend her medicinal herb course. )
  • In order to make the oil for eczema cream we needed to search our very cold yard (it was snowing) for chickweed and plantain.  Esther and Issac helped me find it, clean it, and break it up to make the oil.
  • In the meantime, Rachel, who found her Victorian era girls book mad a Victorian folding fan (the kind that uses cardboard and ribbon.)  She spent some time laughing about the prices things were expected to cost to make.
  • Rachel discovered Neti after suffering all day from sneezing/coughing/etc..  She decided we needed to try it, we did and it worked though it was a rather interesting experience.
  • Rach spent some time playing Animal Crossing with Beck’s daughter online via Wii (if you have a Wii and Animal Crossing and wireless my kids would LOVE to hook up with your kids.).  Lesson learned–next time make sure both girls get a turn as Esther was devastated that she didn’t get to play with her.
  • Esther set up a shop in Animal Crossing.
  • Issac pent an hour building all sorts of interesting things including a speed boat with water splashing behind with dominoes.
  • Spent multiple hours reading “The Lightening Thief” aloud.  It is a great series (Issac says it reminds him of Harry Potter–I like it much better than HP) –premise: what if Greek/Roman Gods were real and existed and did the things they did in modern day.  I am finally learning and understanding mythology and understanding why other have enjoyed mythology for so long while I didn’t get it.
  • Esther spent the rest of the evening and most of the morning reading from where I left off.
  • During Bible time the kids discovered my maps of Israel and my Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Tabernacle–this meant it took much longer to get to actually reading since we have been reading through the Old Testament and this book answered many questions they had about the Tabernacle and culture, even what the ark might have looked like and how the priests clothes looked.
  • The kids and I made a ton of baking mix the other day (recipe here) using coconut oil instead of shortening (since Rach is allergic to the preservatives in regular).  Esther has been making biscuits daily, and made them yesterday as well.
  • Did I mention that with all this our house is a bit of a mess.  I mean, it is swept and not really gross, just, there are dominoes all over the living room floor, blankets all over since we need something to cuddle under while reading, the kitchen is covered in making stuff materials, there are jars of oil sitting waiting to be made into salves, lots of dirty laundry, more dishes than usual, lots of baking sheets out (Essie likes them available so she can make biscuits quickly), oh, and books.  Lots of books.  They keep getting left out because they have all this interesting stuff in them.
  • Oh, and I have been working on websites, which means I am spending all my “free time” at the computer, and learning PHP, and getting things ready to do taxes.
  • Today Rach wrote a new post but I guess she didn’t post it yet.  She did however spend quite a bit of time proofreading and going over it so I assume it will go up tomorrow–it was great.
  • And Issac and Rachel and I spent several hours watching a Chinese tv show called Laughing in the Wind (in Mandarin with English subtitles) lots of “Gungfu”, a little blood, and lots of flying kicks.  Fun stuff and lots of questions about Chinese culture and mythology.

So, lots of learning going on.  Have some photos but no time to upload them.  Have a day in the life photo essay of Issac with Pappap that I need to get put together, but no time now.