Even though we have been home educating Rayne and Rose since April, I feel today was our first real day at home actually unschooling. In my last post Less activities and more time to play I wrote about having more time at home as we were rushing around too much, doing too many activities. Today was our first day at home so I wanted to document it.
My plan for today was to basically get up and see where the day took us! We planned to visit friends at 3pm so we had until then to do whatever. I knew I wanted to do some reading as I had subscribed to an unschooling site called living joyfully yesterday and got a copy of a free ebook called “what is unschooling”. Apart from that I literally had nothing else planned.
Last night Rose “read” a Pip and Posy book about baking and I said we could bake a cake today if she wanted. I didn’t think Rayne was listening as she was playing with her dad at the time but as soon as she woke up this morning she asked if we could bake a cake! They both chose chocolate cupcakes and thankfully we had everything we needed to make them so that was how we started the day!
While baking Rayne and Rose flitted back and forth, playing with barbie dolls, role play (Rose was being Rayne’s dog!), dancing and watching YouTube videos. Their favourite parts of baking were measuring some of the ingredients, cracking the eggs and whisking them, filling the cases and putting the icing on! That pretty much took us up to lunch time.
After lunch Rayne started complaining of ear ache and asked me to call the doctor! I know she is in pain when she asks to see the GP so I made an emergency appointment for 5.15pm. Rayne requested a cwtch (Welsh for cuddle) on the sofa so I grabbed my iPad and started to read my new book. Rose was busy playing with small figures on the rug. It was a perfect 10 minutes of quiet and stillness! Then Rayne asked how long we had left until we went to our friend’s new shop. I used my iPad to look at the time (14.38) and explained it was twenty to three so she had 10 minutes until it was time to get ready to go. Rayne asked me how 14.38 meant twenty to three so I had an idea! We made a clock out of the base of the pizza we had for lunch. Rayne loved this and turned it into role play, pretending I was her teacher! The visual clock really helped her to answer her question and we also did counting in 5’s.
So we ended up being half an hour late for our play date at lilbits as we were ingrossed in learning about time. Oh the irony!! After a mad half an hour exploring our friend’s amazing new shop full of educational resources, I took Rayne and Rose to our local park with their two friends. Rose and I got a lot of stares and frowns by other grown ups in the park because she was wearing an inside out summer dress with no coat but as you all know, I allow my little people to decide what they want to wear (I had a coat with me if she wanted it). We played hide and seek which involved counting to 20 for Rose and her friend who are both 3 years old. Rayne and her friend played on the swings and decided what they are going to do for their Christmas show in our home ed group!
At the doctors Rayne did all the talking and the GP prescribed her with olive oil drops. Rayne spotted some models of different bones that she thought were really cool which prompted the GP to introduce her and Rose to his friend Jack the sceleton. They left the doctors with olive oil drops and an understanding of where the skull, rib cage and spine are! It was awesome!
I dropped Rayne back to her friend’s as she is having a sleep over tonight and I dropped Rose home to Sy then I went for my piano lesson followed by my yoga class. Sy said he and Rose watched a bit of The Lord of the Rings before Rose went to sleep.
That was it, our very first planned day of unschooling! What do you think??