A Day in the Life of a Radically Unschooling (Christian) Family

New unschoolers ask all the time “what does a typical day look like?”  I wrote a response 5 years ago, when we were not yet radical unschoolers but full unschoolers.  After sharing it once again I also wrote up our day today so I thought I would share.

My kids are older now and our typical days change based on what projects they are doing, what they are interested in, what their current goals are, and what my husband and I are doing (I work full time outside the home for this season, he writes and programs- freelance). I think today went something like this: 

I got up at around 9am, hubby was still asleep, Rachel (16) still asleep, Issac (12) got up at about 4:55am, Es (14) got up at 6 or so. Rach got up around 12? Shamus got up around 11am? 
Es SteampunkI take my supplements, have my tea, have my breakfast, sit at the computer and look over Facebook- check admin stuff  that needs done for the Facebook group. Younger two have been up watching “Malcom in the Middle” (in between projects, though middle daughter is currently working on a Minecraft texture pack). The tv show has been watched several times through recently, lots of questions answered about the time period, various topics that come up, the humor. Es watches a lot of shows to learn more about pacing and humor as she writes and wants to write better humor and wants to pace her animations and comics better. 

Issac did the dishes (he is saving up for a harddrive and all in family get paid for their work by the hour). Es decided at the last minute to come with me to take my grandmother shopping (every Tuesday) but decided to do a social experiment and dressed up in a steam punk style outfit and brought a card and crayon to make notes about reactions. She wants to write a tumblr post documenting her social experiment- how many people react, how they react by demographic. Shamus wakes just before we leave- he is writing today. Rachel wakes as we leave. She is working on a Minecraft world she and her best friend are designing and needs to work on the texturepack. 
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On the way to my grandmothers Es and I discuss prophecy vs demonic possession, staying close to God during times of extreme spiritual stuff, what the Bible says about fortune telling and prophecy. We stop when Grandma gets in the car. Es explains her project to Grandma. While Grandma and I get groceries, Es goes off around the store to see and document reactions. She then comes back to us, helps a bit, then goes pick up some things she just remembered she wanted. 

We go to Subway because Grandma is hungry. We discuss expanding Esther’s social experiment and what she would need in order to do that as well as other people’s experiences with colored hair, dreads, piercings and peoples reactions.
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We take Grandma home, put away her groceries. We stop by my dad’s place to take some pictures and visit a bit. Talk about the old butternut tree that fell down which my dad is turning into a coffee table (and teaching himself all the steps- lots of new stuff happening there- made a new type of joint today and spent months planing the wood and making the boards). Es talks to him a bit about her experiment.

We stop at the thrift shop to look a t the formal wear for ideas for other skirts and outfits. Found a pair of shoes, a Doctor Who scarf, and a silk skirt that will be awesome. Get home. Issac is putting together a new puzzle we had just gotten. He is in a “bored” stage- his friends (who he talks to on Skype) have all been busy, he wants to have a new hard drive so he can do more, and the weather is cold and supposed to warm up so he doesn’t want to go outside till it does. So he is watching tv, putting together the puzzle and complaining about being bored. Es realizes she is hungry and tired so makes herself some cream cheese pancakes and sits down to watch. Rach makes herself some regular pancakes. She has been working on the Minecraft world while we were gone and has just gotten working on the texture pack. Hubby is taking a nap.1891084_10152138006699335_1472135447_n

I realize that I messed up about a birthday party Es was supposed to go to (her first one that was just her going for her friend and I messed up.) We shop on Amazon instead, she writes her a note on the gift, and we make plans to get together soon.

 

In an hour I leave for work (12 hr shift over night) but in the meantime I am back on the computer trying to problem solve and come up with solutions for running a huge facebook group while lacking the proper tools to do it. 

And there you have it. Our day today. 10014618_10152138006809335_586485070_n

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  1. Posted March 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Just out of curiosity, do you live in a highly regulated state? We just started unschooling in January after 5 years of homeschooling, and I’m getting anxious because my kids don’t really have work samples for their portfolios. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Heather
      Posted March 26, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      We are in PA but I do have a teacher’s degree and fall under the home tutor law. That said, I have several friends here who also unschool (for example http://unschoolrules.com/ is in PA) and keep a simple portfolio (book list, journal, a few samples pulled from things they are doing anyway- wrote a shopping list? writing sample, played a game that includes math? add a screen shot/photo, did they do some writing on the computer/write a note to Grandma, make a sign for a game? take a photo and add it), have an unschool friendly evaluator (I can ask them who- I know on the yahoo group they list several, also on AskPauline.com), and do the simplest test possible.

      • Posted March 26, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

        Thank you so much because I am in PA. This is perfect. I like my evaluator, but I’ve been trying, as you said, to find a more uschool-friendly one. I really appreciate this information.

  2. Posted March 26, 2014 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Thank you!!!! I love your day! It sounds a lot like mine!

  3. Erin
    Posted April 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I love this life… I guess we would fall into the category (not big on categories…) of home/farm/unschooling…. we use a lot of curriculum, but raise and grow our own food, run & play outdoors work on family farmsteading projects, love going to dance classes, the library, Church, Bible clubs/classes… the longer we teach our babes at home, the easier it becomes, it is more natural these days…. we choose to just take a test every year to appease our state govt…. we use one that is pre-common core… and have made a friend in the superintendent’s office… :) we live in Ohio, which is a little relaxed in the regulations, but not much… sigh… Happy Learning, y’all!!!

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