|My daughter, Maddy, edited this picture|
Kids are already heading back to school and the neighborhood will be quiet, again. It is bittersweet. I loved watching my kids play in the summer sun with their neighborhood friends from 9am until dusk, but on the flip side, there is a lot to be said for having a calmer household. Since having so many children, it’s easy to be the house that gets the most attention. There is an age-match for any child looking for a friend at this house. I hosted many a slumber party, with giggles, popcorn, pink pajamas and movies. Boys were piled-up on my downstairs sofas with pretzels and game controllers, and enough birthday celebrations (all my children are piggy-backed all summer long) to make you vow to never eat another piece of cake for the rest of your life. But through it all…another memorable summer to be had.
So what does our un-schooling household look like? Simply put…living! We are not on tight schedules, rather, we have learning goals. What are learning goals you might ask? This month, we will all sit around and talk about what they want to learn, do and see. We also have daily and weekly chores to keep the house running smoothly. I compile all that needs to be done to keep our home looking good and clean and the kids pick out what they want to be responsible for. They are included, and that means, less complaining!
I have been un-schooling my children for 10 years and what they learn never ceases to amaze me. They actually love learning and isn’t that what you want? They’ll always seek out what they want to learn.
How do you and your children learn best? I’d love to hear from you!