Here’s Ethan’s latest week of unschooling. He’s actually finished his school year with SelfDesign but we’re going to keep publishing these weekly unschooling journals.
Mother’s Day. Ethan surprised Dong Eun with a totally unexpected gift.
He got her a piece of amethyst because he felt that she was a bit stressed. A drawing of a drawing of a drawing, etc. Ethan and I made brunch as my mom was coming over. Ethan helped make coffee. And he played some music for us. Dong Eun wanted to make preserved lemons, oranges and ginger to use for making drinks. Ethan and I helped. Ethan made Dong Eun a ring with a heart on top and diamonds along the band. Another origami heart. He’s constantly doing origami and making things like this 32×32 hexagon grid. Origami everywhere, all the time. He made a bracelet! Heart on top and diamonds all around, just like the ring he made. We went to the beach and Ethan started building a wall of rocks to block the waves. He threw the rocks to create the wall. We found this big rock and added it to the wall. He used this piece of wood and wanted to save it from the tide. All the origami he made today. May 13
Ethan’s favourite YouTuber, Jeremy Shafer, made a set of dragon gloves so Ethan set out to make his own. He learned about Joan of Arc today and wrote something about her. He also learned about measles in Canada. One claw done! May 14
We’ve been going for walks each day and Dong Eun and Ethan like to collect flowers. The orange ones were growing out from the side of some concrete bricks and the pink one was from a friend. The others were picked in the tall grasses near the beach. Dragon claw pieces. How to calculate pi with blocks. Two dragon claws! We didn’t have our van so we had to bike and take the scooter to Ethan’s taekwondo class. It wasn’t raining when we left home but was pouring on the way back. May 15
Nature school was at Cates Park today. Ethan has still been working on his element cards. Today, it was argon. He also did some math and practiced plotting points on a graph. He practiced violin with piano accompaniment. May 16
He organized some of his recent origami projects. He made a bracelet from elastics. We went to the library after his swimming lesson. May 17
He learned about systems of equations and taught Dong Eun about it. He solved more equations. He made a hexagon with 60-degree angles. He practiced some cursive for the first time today. His LC, Natasha, mentioned that Ethan seems to get into a state of flow while doing math or origami. We agree. He gets into a groove and just keeps doing whatever he’s into at the moment. He found a website answering science questions. He learned about how projectors project the colour black. He also learned about whether the night sky will eventually be black because the universe is expanding. He made a double ninja star. And a single ninja star. This one can flip inside out and keep flipping. We went out for a walk and Ethan folded origami as he walked. He loves kicking and blowing daisies, too. Origami even while at the grocery store. May 18
We went for a morning walk along the beach. Ethan picked this flower and put it in Dong Eun’s hair. We had breakfast outside after our walk. Back home, Ethan folded a sun. This was his own design. Back to the beach for some more fun and relaxation.
It was a good week that was spent more outdoors than usual. With the weather getting warmer and sunnier, we’ll likely be outdoors even more. Unschooling allows Ethan the freedom to let the weather or interests dictate his activities and it’s something we all love.