the network for radical unschooling families
Wow, what an original title! :p Anyway, I'm going to give this blog a try. I currently "own" three other blogs but they've all fallen by the wayside. So sad. :( However I'm wanting to blog a bit re: our unschooling journey, and it feels "safe" to do so here. Funny how when you first start homeschooling -- esp. if you've had your kids in school -- you feel like a bit of an outsider. Then, when you move further into that fringe into unschooling (and Radical no less!!), you are still an outsider. I don't know 'bout anybody else but I'm kinda likin' it! :) I have definitely been a period of DE-schooling myself. SO hard to let go of everything you perceived as "normal" because a) you grew up that way, and b) "everyone else does it that way!" Bah humbug.
So I've been considering what our day looks like today. It's a fairly normal day in our household. N (age 11) and JT (age 9) were up first, around 11am. They're slow to get going when they first get up, and move at their own pace. After a bite to eat, JT watched a bit of "American Pickers" on The History Channel....his all-time favorite show. Then he hopped on the computer and scoured eBay for some certain baseball card holders, to no avail. N retired to the bedroom and has been playing the bass for a while now. He does that for hours most days (though not in a row). JD (age 14) is still asleep. Typical teenager, he can sleep for a loooooong time! He was probably up most of the night, as I heard him in the kitchen just before 6am. He's big into photography and will likely go through his camera supply catalog again today, reading up on differnt models of digital cameras, and making notes for what he wants next when he upgrades. He's excited about our trip to Colorado in May, realizing the amazing photographic opportunities that wait there. We had a good time together the other day, as he asked me about my SLR film camera. I pulled it out of the closet, blew the dust off the case, and we looked it over and talked about the lenses and what the "mm" numbers mean in terms of zoom factor. He also showed me a feature on my point-and-shoot digital camera that I did not know I had on there!!! D'oh!....I've only had that camera for three years! :O Wow. Thanks JD!