Here we go with another week of Ethan’s unschooling.

April 14

April 15

April 16

And we received the summary of last week’s nature school session today from Ethan’s teacher, Scott…

Under the wildly rainy sky, as we sat underneath the tarp, we made sure to gather some rainwater and some hemlock to make a hearty and warm brew for everyone who needed it. At the same time, there was a gathering of 12 kids who orchestrated a game of “Catch the Poacher”. It took a while for everyone to settle and to agree to focus on the game, but once we did, we had a great time.

We also played a game called “Deadly Handshake” in which one person in a big group is secretly named as the hunter while one other is secretly the detective. Everyone goes around shaking hands normally except the hunter who gives a special squeeze. The detective tries to tell who the hunter is while the hunter tries to keep their secret safe!

April 17

In the evening, Ethan answered some questions from Natasha, his LC, about what he wants to learn now and in the future, along with his goals and dreams.

He answered them in SelfDesign’s weekly observation system but didn’t hit save and closed the window. Everything he wrote was gone and he was pretty upset because he was quite tired from being out all day.

It was a good opportunity to talk about putting things in perspective and about how much work Ethan should do on nature school days. We also talked about maybe getting more exercise so that Ethan can better handle being outside and walking around for the day.

If there’s one update SelfDesign needs to implement, though, it’s definitely autosave! Anyway, Ethan started rewriting his answers in a word processing app that does have autosave 🙂

April 18

April 19

April 20

Ethan surprised us this morning by waking up early and being all ready to go jogging. So I quickly got up and headed out with him. Maybe he’s motivated by what he learned about becoming an astronaut?

And that was Ethan’s latest week of unschooling. It was pretty much all origami sprinkled with some math, science and language arts.

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