Wednesday, May 23, 2012

An Unschooling Wednesday

This week, I am sharing glimpses of our "unschooling life" and how we live and learn each day.  What does your homeschooling week look like?


2 A.M. sounds like a great time to be awake for a couple of hours, at least if you're a three-year-old, which also meant that my one-year-old wanted to join in on the fun (one of the admitted downsides to co-sleeping). As a result of the late-night party, the three of us "slept-in" to 7:30, while my five-year-old, asleep in another room, awoke at her usual earlier time. I must admit that waking up to the sight of her reading quietly on the living room couch made my late-night grouchies disappear.


Later in the morning, we walked through Harvard Yard, abuzz with preparations for tomorrow's Commencement.  I had some errands to run in Harvard Square and then we were planning to catch the bus to meet some homeschool friends at a park just out of town.



Bus delays and a potty emergency conspired to derail those plans, so instead we spent much of the day at one of our city playgrounds, where the sprinklers and water troughs have already been turned on for the summer.  Sand and water, sand and water... is there anything better for childhood play?


That's a nice thing about city homeschooling: if Plan A doesn't work out, Plan B is great too.... especially if it involves ice cream.

Hope you had a nice Wednesday!

6 comments:

  1. Wow - that is one amazing playground idea...I love it! I wish we had one around is that had the water troughs and all that sand. What a gem!

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    1. JK, yes Cambridge Common playground really is a gem. It was rebuilt a couple of years ago and is amazing in terms of its capacity to facilitate collaborative, hands-on play.

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  2. I am so excited to read your posts this week! I keep saying to my husband, "See?? We're already homeschooling!!!" By sharing how your day really unfolds, you take the "scary unknown" out of homeschooling. Thanks for making it seems so easy—and so fun!! One of the complaints I hear the most from parents, and one I often lament myself, is the loss of freedom once one of your kids is attending full-day school. If this is important for your family, as it is for mine, then homeschooling should definitely be an option on the table!

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    1. I am so glad that you are enjoying this series! It is nice to see how other families manage their unschooling days and, hopefully, to take away some of the mystique around homeschooling/unschooling. For us, unschooling is about using our everyday life experiences as our foundation for learning. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. is that the playground right on the Cambridge Common? I have to check it out!

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    1. Hi Sarah. Yes, that's the Cambridge Common playground!

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