Sunday, June 17, 2012
Han shot first, slugs and Born Free: Snippets from unschooling this week
Now, it's more just a warmer version of the rest of the year - and I like it that way.
Sarah likes that nothing we do in June will count as "school" - because the silly state of Pennsylvania says you can't begin counting the days for your school year until July 1. I find that ridiculous, but it doesn't mean we're putting off any learning.
Can you just see me?
Sarah: How come XYZ?
Me: Well, if I answer that, we'll probably learn a bunch of stuff. Can you wait and ask me again July 1?
No way! So here we are, living and learning through June! Linking up today to the "I'm glad it's back" edition of 7 Snippets of Unschooling and to Collage Friday and the Weekly Wrap-Up.
1. Sarah finally got her mohawk. Well, a fauxhawk. Basically, she got a haircut that can be put into "hawk" style with some gel and hairspray.
And then she took her own picture.
2. We absolutely love our garden slugs. Other people kill theirs, but we name them and count them and basically go out of our way to encourage general sluggishness (in the yard).
And he says, "But did Greedo shoot first?"
Sarah - immediately - goes, "No, Han did!"
I don't know if I've ever seen my (admittedly dorky) husband so excited about our learning.
4. Sarah watched "Born Free" for the first time - and so did our cat, Mr. Bill. Unfortunately, Mr. Bill didn't understand why he couldn't play with the movie kitties...
5. I've said before how awesome our 4-H club (York County Wildlife Watchers) is - and this month's meeting was especially fun. We all went out together and biked or walked a four-mile (a little longer for some of the bikers) segment of our local rail trail.
The best part is, we have such a good time with all the other families - I must have walked and talked with just about every family there; Sarah biked with our club leader's dad ("Grandpa Ned" to the whole group) for half; and then I walked the last 2 miles back with a teenage friend of ours who is always a blast to talk with, while Sarah biked with some of her older girlfriends and Chris walked with Sarah's friend Gabby and Gabby's grandfather.
6. Sarah has amassed a miniature collection of Beanie Baby bears from various yard sales and whatnot. She loves to build "houses" for her stuffed animals, so she repurposed some of our old shoe boxes for a collection of them recently.
The best part is that she decorated each house to match that bear's theme. The bear covered in German flags - named Deutschland, which Sarah now knows how to pronounce - has German flags, German castles and German food on its walls. The one named Lucky, an Irish bear, has Irish castles and so on.
7. Mr. Bill isn't always cute (like he was in the video). Sometimes he annoys the heck out of Sarah.
Like when he sits on her road scene.
(The scene, by the way, was cool - she'd set up a whole road and arranged her Legos and Matchbox cars all along it. This happens a lot in our house. Cars in lines.)
So there are seven wonderful things from our unschooling life this week. We just got back from a two-mile walk around our old golf course, and Sarah is now re-watching the Royal Albert Hall 25th anniversary Phantom of the Opera production.
Later, the plan is to play badminton with Chris - the thing he asked for as his Father's Day gift.
Couldn't ask for a more fun few days!