Monthly Archives: October 2007

Kids and Spontaneous “Chores”

Iain and Ryan have really gotten into the Disney Channel show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and on the show, the twin brothers share a room. Last weekend, Iain and Ryan requested that we break down the bunk beds so they could share a room like Zack and Cody do, since they sleep […]

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Stephanie - October 10, 2007 - 1:13 am

Who says it needs to be straight?
And who says tv isn’t helpful?

whimsigal - October 10, 2007 - 3:13 am

Well, you’re right of course, it doesn’t need to be straight. That’s my own anal retentiveness shining through!

I’m just loving the fact that they want to share a room. Their relationship is so much better than mine with my younger sister at that age.

Stephanie - October 10, 2007 - 8:16 am

I would have a tendency to straighten it – though mine isn’t made at all most days!
But if it’s done (in my mind, also) it needs to be perfect.

Poetry Corner

It’s time for yet another peek into my life as a teenager during the 80’s. This next poem is one I wrote for my 11th grade creative writing class. In fact, it was written as a joke, with little thought at all. The joke was on me though because my teacher really liked it. For […]

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Rinnyboo - October 10, 2007 - 4:52 pm

Evie, You write good poetry. I just never understood how to do it…

That is pretty funny that your life’s goal was to be an english teacher. Good thing you changed goals!

whimsigal - October 11, 2007 - 2:42 am

Thanks, Marin, that’s very nice of you to say! I think the last poem I wrote was in ’94 or ’96. I was only inspired to write when unhappy. My cheerful poems seemed trite to me.

What we’ve been up to

The past few days have been a blur of activity and a lot of good things have happened. As unschoolers, we don’t sit down with textbooks or take weekly exams to check our progress so when one of the kids shows us a newly acquired skill it’s a very exciting time. This weekend, Ryan has […]

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Stephanie - October 9, 2007 - 8:43 am

I am so thrilled for you and so glad that you don’t *school at home* anymore :)
Learning is as natural as breathing for those that have never been conditioned.

I have way too many examples of real learning that I can’t count, my kids are 12,9,almost 8 and 5, always unschooled except for a brief 6 week period with my oldest when he was 6.

whimsigal - October 9, 2007 - 11:56 am

It’s funny you say that because my oldest, who went to school for two years has more “trouble” than my youngest. I hesitate to say trouble because it’s just that he’s different but my youngest really just seems like a sponge, ready to absorb everything around him. I still need to deschool too and probably won’t be cured of the school mentality until next spring!

We’ve been unschooling since February and love it so.

Thanks for your comment! Glad you stopped back by!

Madeline - October 9, 2007 - 2:40 pm

Isn’t it amazing to see them literally pick it up on their OWN! My youngest did this with reading as well – just started reading to himself one day when all we’d ever done is to read out loud to him a lot. He is 7 now and reads Harry Potter books. My other son can read but doesn’t often and we are fine with it. They are all so different. Trusting their timetable is sometimes hard but always good.

whimsigal - October 9, 2007 - 2:50 pm

Madeline (love, love, love your name) it really is amazing and it can be so hard to trust that things will happen in their own time. Oldest is like your other son. He can read but doesn’t usually choose to do so. If he does, he read Sonic the Hedgehog comics. We’re happy no matter what!

Thanks so much for your comment!


Rinnyboo - October 10, 2007 - 4:57 pm

Go Ryan! That is so cool and encouraging to hear about Ryan’s skillz.

I am so glad too that you found unschooling so your boys (and you) have the opportunity to bloom spectacularly!

whimsigal - October 11, 2007 - 2:43 am

Marin, it really blew me away. He is constantly reading and spelling things, like he’s categorizing them and storing them away for later. It’s fascinating how different he and Iain are from one another.