Adventures in sort-of unschooling

Read all the books!!!

I’ve been reading the kids stories and such from What Your Preschooler Needs to Know (we also have the one for kindergarten) and we also have a ton of books that we’ve bought mostly from library book sales. There are a few I’ve gotten used from amazon and some new ones, but I prefer buying used books since they’re cheaper.

A month or so ago I discovered paperbackswap and moved all of my listings from half.com over since I haven’t sold anything in ages anyway. So I mail out books and earn credits that I use to request other books. It’s pretty genius, actually. I’ve gotten some of the books that we would have used if we’d gotten Moving Beyond the Page, some that we’ve checked out from the library and liked a lot, and some books for myself. The kids really like getting books in the mail and can’t wait to read their new books. And after we read the new ones, the kids keep bringing me more and more books to read until I feel like my tongue will fall out of my mouth 🙂

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Typical Tuesday

On Sunday I looked at the calendar and saw a whole week of nothing. Nothing scheduled, no obligations! But it never works that way, does it?

Monday… it’s only Wednesday and I can remember what we did on Monday.

Yesterday we took Lucy (the kitten we got back in June when she was 8 weeks old from a friend whose husband found her under his car at work) to the vet for her last distemper shot. The vet was running late so the kids got to watch people and dogs (and make me a little crazy in the waiting room). Then I really had to pee and just when I thought we could finally go home, we got in the van and TBO noticed the gas light was on. Argh! So we went to get gas and came home. In the afternoon we went to the farmer’s market to pick up our order from the “beef guy”. TBO talked to him for a bit… he was telling us about the chickens and how they weren’t laying many eggs because they are all molting? or something like that. He’s having a farm day on September 15th and invited us to that. TBO also tried some pickles from the stand next to the “beef guy”. TGO refused – she’s not a fan of pickles.

As we were leaving, TBO wanted a smoothie from the waffle place. We haven’t been there in months so I have no idea how TBO remembered that (or how the owner remembered our usual order).

We came home and had dinner. DH picked up some stuff from the Teeter and then we took the kids to the pool. TGO hasn’t been in deep water since she was a baby and TBO hasn’t in a couple of years. I pulled each of them around the pool while DH watched the other in the kiddie pool. I don’t think DH was a fan of the pool experience though 😉

Oh! Now I remember what we did on Monday – took the kids for haircuts (TBO chose to shave his head) and on the way back (after a u-turn) we went to see what shops were in a new shopping center. The kids wanted frozen yogurt but it wasn’t open yet so we went to a new chocolate shop called Think Chocolate. The kids picked out a piece of chocolate each, which we brought home to share with DH after dinner.

So somehow even though there is nothing on the calendar, we end up busy with typical stuff like haircuts, visits to the farmers market, taking the kitten to the vet, etc. I’m always glad when people talk to the kids – like the “bug guy” who talks as he sprays around the house, or the “beef guy” who tells the kids about his farm, or the plumber who doesn’t seem to mind us watching him as he installs the dishwasher or the other projects he’s done here. 🙂

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He found the writing paper


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Giving Back

This is one thing I want my kids to do – volunteer. It’s a little difficult to find such opportunities, but I’ve managed to find one way that my kids can be involved in giving back to the community. Back in April I started a Charlotte chapter of Binky Patrol. My kids are 3 and 5 and can’t sew or knit, but they can help with aspects of it, like helping me sort the yarn that was donated by Baskets of Yarn. They helped sort by color and then we counted each stack. I’ve been making squares and I figure they can help lay out the squares for a blanket. They’ll go with me to donate the first batch of blankets to the police department. As they get older, they can help with fleece blankets and maybe eventually learn to knit/crochet blankets.

Yesterday I got a little over 11 inches of my hair cut off. As it’s been growing, I’ve explained to them where the hair will be used. I think they get the idea.

It’s probably not much, but it’s something, right?

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Books and Blogs page

I started a page for books and blogs I’ve read related to homeschooling – if you’ve got a book or blog you really enjoy, let me know.

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Hello, welcome!

I created this blog because TBO (the Boy One, age 5) is semi-officially (you don’t register your homeschool in NC until age 7) homeschooling kindergarten and I need a way to keep up with what he and TGO (the Girl One, age 3.5) are learning. We are unschoolish, as the title implies. 🙂