The Mess of Strewing: An Unschooling Conversation

 

This discussion appeared recently on the Christian Unschooling Facebook Group:

JENNIFER: Ahhhh!!!!!! I’m all for strewing, but my whole house is full of strew???? How do y’all manage it???? I can’t tell ya how many times I have stepped on a marble, or a pattern block or a Cuisinaire rod, etc… only to get into a very unpleasant conversations with my dcs. Do I just pick them up? ANY suggestions would be helpful… thank you in advance!

LEANNE: Yep. Having the same problem here.

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An Artistic Strewing Success Story

Strewing can be a little bit like setting a trap, but not at all for meanness. It can be like leaving a gift to be discovered. It can be a little bit like the tooth fairy came, or the Easter bunny. ~ Sandra Dodd

Strewing for a child with Asperger syndrome is just a matter of trying things until you find the one that clicks. When something clicks, it clicks hard, and everything else falls by the wayside.

In my daughter’s case, the click came in the shape of an artist’s lightbox. Continue Reading

Teaching vs. Strewing: An Unschooling Conversation

This discussion appeared recently on the Christian Unschooling Facebook Group:

TRACI: This is just a random little unschooling question I’ve been wondering about. I have been reading/commenting in the unschooling realm for a bit now and I’m trying to understand the negativity towards the word “teach.” I asked in another forum and I was given the answer that if we teach our kids we are influencing their developing thoughts rather than encouraging them to think independently. Continue Reading

School Held Me Back

I don’t mean I was held back a grade. Quite the contrary, I was a good student. I never skipped and was rarely tardy. I didn’t make trouble and my teachers loved me. I handed in my assignments complete and on time. I participated in class and generally knew what was going on rather than zoning out.

In point of fact, I mostly made As in my classes. I was a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. I scored in the 99th percentile on the ASVAB (the recruiter lamented that I was a girl; apparently I would have been great in field artillery). I received scholarships for both my ACT and SAT scores. Continue Reading

Unschooling Portrait: Sylvia

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Sylvia Phillips. I am a 53-year-old mother of nine children, although most of them are not children any longer! My sons are ages 35, 33, 27, 24, 21, and 10. My daughters are ages 19, 16, and 13. We have been homeschooling since 1984. When we were first starting out we operated in a very rigid and structured manner. Every problem in every workbook had to be completed! Over the years as we added more children to our family, our homeschooling style became more and more relaxed.

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Unschooling in Action

Our “Unschooling in Action” series highlights photographs of real, live unschoolers doing real, live unschooling. If you’d like to see your unschooling photo here, please post it on our Facebook wall!

 When boredom strikes, climbing the walls (or in this case the door frame) IS an option.

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Coming up with creative solutions for washing a magnetic marble track.

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Watching the mamas and calves play and eat while getting raw milk straight from the farm.

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The boy LOVES watching the milk coming straight from the cow when we go get milk.

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Discussing programming and game design with Dad, who is working on building a game engine.

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Homework during a camping trip? Nope. Unschooling. 🙂

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Full time care of baby lamb. 🙂

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Doing picture find puzzles.

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‎”Mom, I just want to go home and read quietly.”

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Unschool friends from across the country meet in real life and choose to play scrabble.

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Brothers sharing their race cars and entertaining the dog all at the same time. 🙂

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Out for a walk and giving the flowers new names!

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Share your unschooling photos on our Facebook wall for a chance to see them showcased here next week! Meanwhile if you crave more, you can browse previous Unschooling in Action posts, or check out the Unschoolers’ Art Gallery blog for cool art from unschooled kids.

~ Happy Unschooling!

Unschooling Portrait: Mari

Please introduce yourself.

Hi, I’m Mari! Or Mariellen like on “The Waltons” but spelled differently. I’m a farm wife and mother of two teen daughters. I’m also an aspiring author and dedicated life learner. Continue Reading

Walking in Dad’s Shoes: Biblical Unschooling

What wisdom does the Bible offer on how we should teach our children?

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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