What kind of stuff does an unschooler do during the week? We hope these photos will give you a sense of what Ethan does and to let you know that unschooling is completely individual to your child. The most important thing is to let go and let your child lead.
After dinner, we went through the feedback given to Ethan by Natasha. Later that evening, we did a family stretching session led by Dong Eun. It was fun and much needed.
In the morning, Ethan went jogging before getting started with his work.
Ethan went out to play with his friends after they finished school and also had taekwondo class tonight.
We’d like him to get more exercise so we enrolled him in swimming lessons again and will also look into adding a different martial arts program. We noticed that he concentrates much better when he’s done more exercise.
Saturday, which means Ethan had symphony class in the morning followed by his skating lesson. But it’s the time in between symphony and skating that Ethan seems to enjoy the most.
We got the summary for nature school for the previous week:
We began by going to an area we hadn’t spent much time in before…
I gave the group a fun challenge called “Fire in the Sky” where they have to work as a team to sneak a stick away from me without my noticing. In the midst of this challenge, they spotted 3 deer in a clearing! We sat and watched them through my monocular in awe for 20 minutes. We concluded from their ears that they must somehow be related to rabbits. 😉
Finally, we began carving Spoons! I brought my curved knife set out and gave some instructions about how to work with the wood. However, the wood seemed to be too hard for some, so I will bring some softer wood next time 🙂
Please remember to pack your knives for next week!
Looking forward to continuing this project over the coming weeks 🙂
And that was Ethan’s week of unschooling.
We like the flexibility of letting Ethan flow from one thing to another, sometimes spending lots of time on one thing, such as origami.
I once again asked Ethan if he would like to go back to school but he said no because it was boring. He enjoys the freedom to learn and explore topics so it’s up to us to help guide him deeper, especially as he gets into the higher grades.
We’re looking forward to the year end evaluation from Ethan’s SelfDesign LC to see how we can guide Ethan as he continues unschooling.