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I'm still deschooling myself, still new to unschooling. My kids are 6yr. and 2yr and haven't been to school but I still get urges to homeschool my oldest. Her kindergarten public school friends are doing addition and subtraction worksheets. She was interested in trying a couple worksheets since we have workbooks around (hand me down homeschool stuff from a friend) She occasionally likes to do stuff from the homeschool box. In the back of my mind I am thrilled when she works on traditional looking stuff. It puts my mind at rest. She soon bores of it though and we go through long periods of not so clear stuff. So I was thinking about math drill. Then I realize that her and her young friend have found a pair of dice and a peg board and had made up a game. I just listened from across the room. The rules kept changing. I didn't quite get the game but they played for a long time rolling both dice and adding them up and moving pegs around. My favorite rule was that they had to take turns winning and would go so far as to throw the game so the person whose turn it was could win. Then they would be so happy for the other person and start over. I was thinking that she was adding up the dice pretty quickly in her game despite not having math drill. I have even seen math worksheets with dice pictures for each problem. Crazy when playing dice is much more fun. I was also thinking that the kindness they demonstrate to each other is more important and the creativity of their invented games.
I also was thinking about how much she has grown physically in the last couple weeks. She spent most of the last couple weeks outside riding her bike because she just taught herself to ride a two wheeler. She's also just started a tumbling class. After a couple classes she was about to give up because most kids in her class have been in classes since 3 yr. Then she heard about open gym and wanted to go so we did. She repeatedly somersaulted down the wedge until she figured it out. She asked to sign up for another tumbling session. She's also been challenging herself a lot in the pool Seeing how long she can swim underwater in one breath asking me to time her. There is so much physical growth going on at this time. I can't sit her down to school her. She would do it but at what cost. She has so much determination when she wants to learn something. She will figure out all the math she needs to know when she wants to. Right now she has all the math skills she needs. I need to stop comparing her to school children or comparing at all. I also have the urge to purge our house of all the home schooling material I have inherited but then again I don't want to deny her of those resources if she wants them. Keep them but with less importance.
Instead of starting math drill worksheets, I put myself at ease by paying to upgrade the Starfall website like she had been asking me and am surprised at how much time she puts into math problems. We put Starfall up on the Wii.
Oh I have also heard her explain to her lil brother that when he is 6yr. like her it will be easier for him to do it. Then she calculated that it would be 4 years before he is 6 years old. Stuff like that comes up all the time.
She will be fine. Like I said I am still deschooling, luckily she does not have to.