Monday, January 19, 2009

So, what does an unschooler's week look like?

In educational terms?

We don't plan and programme, we don't even post-programme but I DO log our doings. Briefly. Online.
So, these are the January school holidays in Sydney but since we unschool, I can say that we learn, we homeschool year round.

Here, at our homeschool blog of St Anthony's Academy, is what our week has going for thoughts on what we'll do, based on what we have done so far ( that science experiment), our day to day life ( chores, friends over...), our outings ( Catholic homeschoolers, trip to steelworks and treetop walk) and our routines ( saints books, current events, travel journals..).

Someone shared their top tips for unschooling, on an email list.To paraphrase, the top practical tips were ~ Spend time doing what you love to do - what brings you joy, what energizes you. - Help each member of your family do what he or she loves to do.- Spend time with friends and family.-

I would add prayer and service and routines. Those pegs coupled with strewing and

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27
I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world John 1:29

These verses seem significant to me, in defining our homeschooling and unschooling. Behold the Lord, the Lamb of God, receive our Lord, who took away our sins, in the Eucharist.... Love the Lord.... Love your neighbour as yourself - even family!.... Live life abundantly....learn about and live your faith...

Hey, who couldn't help but learn and grow?

This pic? The cover of our book for 2oo8. We try to make a book or books each year, as a memory. Last year our book was a photobook, photos of an unschooling day mid-Advent. Alexander and I took the pics. Anthony and I assembled the book, using the Target Photobook software . I picked up the book yesterday.

An Unschooling Life.


Erin said...

Love your photo book idea:)

Luke said...

The book looks interesting - I'll have to check it out! :)

Julie said...

What a great idea...going to have to check out the software!

molly said...

I love the book for each year idea.