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That’s a wrap

What a week this turned out to be. It had some ups and downs but all in all, we had a good week. As you may have read earlier in the week, we started using a unit studies curriculum and got off to a bit of a rough start. As the days went by though, […]

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Mamak - February 7, 2009 - 11:48 am

Sounds great minus the crashing, head hitting, freaking out part. Glad that monkey is ok! You know, I so want to give the unit study a try. I think I will order a unit in a few days, and see how we do. I looked at the other unit studies on that review page and none seemed as mellow as this brand. So I think since we have a relatively positive review from you, we may try it. It would be something new to mix it up a little here. We are getting really anxious for spring to come, so maybe this would help fill the void. Hell, we have hit every museum here twice! :>)

Cate - February 12, 2009 - 10:21 pm

Hi there Evie,

am finally back in the land of blogging, and not just living on Facebook headlines.

Just had a catch up read on your family’s comings and goings – sounds like the unit studies are a great call, and I’m sure that they will spark all sorts of tangents for your two inquisitive boys to follow.

Perhaps new topics to consider could be “how much weight can a shower rod take?” or “best landing for boys swinging over the bath”.

Cate :-)

Stephanie - February 13, 2009 - 11:27 am

You’ve been passed the Happy meme if you’d care to keep it and share it. You can find it here.

mamak - February 14, 2009 - 7:01 pm

I tagged you for a game as well. It’s a fun one for you especially because it’s about a picture! See my place-K

piscesgrrl - March 10, 2009 - 9:41 pm

I’m glad he’s ok – yikes! That’s the wrong kind of unit study – LOL.

I tend to be good when other kids are hurt, but terrible when mine are hurt.

Our First Day With Unit Studies

Well, I wish I could say that things went smoothly. All in all, we really enjoyed our new materials. The story we read was great and the conversation that accompanied it was wonderful. The problem is, I think I’m being too schooly. I don’t know how to implement this without being schooly about it. One […]

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Louisa - March 1, 2009 - 3:02 am

I’d love to hear how it’s going….I’m seriously considering ordering a couple of these for my kids…..Louisa
ps. read ‘owls in the family’ I think by farley mowatt

What the hell is THAT????

GASP!!! Hold on to your butts unschoolers. I’ve gone mad…mad I tell you!! Guess what I just got? Ahem… No, your eyes do not deceive you. That indeed is a curriculum of sorts and we’re going to start using it this week. I know. It’s akin to an atheist claiming to be born-again. Well, we […]

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joan - February 1, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Well I already knew about this but again wishing you well. Life is about continuously trying things -some work, some don’t.

Teri - February 1, 2009 - 6:02 pm

I, of course, had to follow your comment to see WHO you were and saw this. I am guessing that is how you found me? :D
Good luck with MBTP. My kids ALL love it and they couldn’t be more different from each other.
I can’t wait to see updates from you!

Stephanie - February 1, 2009 - 6:35 pm

Though the spiral-bound ones aren’t familiar to me, we have some of the other ones in your picture. :)

Joan’s right – taking bits and pieces according to what suits me is how I’ve always operated, and something I can understand and appreciate.

Hope you find some bits you love!!
Steph

mamak - February 1, 2009 - 7:32 pm

I am always trying new stuff around here. I love that kind of stuff. I have not found our magic mix yet and so I would love to know what you think, and if it’s fun.-Kim

Chrissy - February 1, 2009 - 11:32 pm

I say do whatever works for you. Create your own style. I am off to check out Moving Beyond the Page.

whimsigal - February 1, 2009 - 11:37 pm

Joan, thanks for the well-wishes! I am already thinking ahead and wondering what paths this will lead us down.

Hey, Teri! Welcome! You are correct; I followed a link at the MBTP forum to your site. Thanks for checking me out and come back any time.

Steph, thank so much for your support. Choosing this route made me feel like a sell-out in some respects and though I have known for a little while that we were going this way, I was afraid to post about it. lol

K, I will definitely keep you posted! So far, everyone is really excited and ready to get going.

Chrissy, thanks so much for your comment!! I was so nervous about writing this post and it’s nice to see you guys roll with me!

I’m planning a much more in-depth post tomorrow!

Evie

childsplay - February 2, 2009 - 3:48 am

“afraid to post about it”…lol…The Unschooling Mafia is going to get you… ;P But, I know what you mean.

I love unschooling, but I also love unit studies. There’s room for both! I think a good balance is always tough to find, and always a juggle.

I’ve heard great things about Beyond the Page!

Carri - February 2, 2009 - 8:17 am

Never heard of Beyond the Page, so of course I have got to go check it out. Girl, we have been doing this unschooling thing for a LONG time now. Seriously, it makes me feel old just thinking about how long it’s been. And we are always trying out anything that looks interesting. Sometimes that has been a packaged curriculum and sometimes it’s as simple as a new book or website or game.

We have really enjoyed unit studies in the past. I think you guys are going to have a blast!

Teri - February 2, 2009 - 9:42 am

I am going to see if I can find what we did with the economic cycle. I wasn’t blogging back then. It was my son’s FAVORITE project (and quite labor intensive!). Poppy was also their favorite book last year. In our family’s terms, they wanted to know why it wasn’t a movie yet. HA

whimsigal - February 2, 2009 - 10:11 am

CP, is that awful? I really did think there might be some backlash. Not from my friends of course! Perhaps some random comment or two from unknown folks.

Carri, it really looks interesting to me! It’s not schooly and that’s what I like about it.

Teri, that would be great! You know what’s funny? When I told my oldest we were going to be reading “Charlotte’s Web” he said, “Can’t we just watch the movie?” I said we could do both. ;) He doesn’t like to read so I will probably be doing a lot of reading out loud. I really can’t wait to get started! All of the literature that goes along with the “lessons” looks so good!!

Karen - February 2, 2009 - 10:26 am

Ha! I know exactly what you mean re: unschooling (again, not my friends). This year we’re using some curriculum as well and it’s working out in a good way.
I don’t think anyone should limit his/her world because of adherence to a particular dogma.

Teri - February 2, 2009 - 2:30 pm

I added it to my blog. That was one of the MOST labor intensive and fun things we have done! :D
http://laughinglaceandlegos.blogspot.com/
I couldn’t figure out how to back date it, so it is the top post on my blog. :p

I do a TON of reading out loud because my younger two love to hear the literature that he is doing. Watching the movie is always the reward for finishing the book here. ;) And we always have very animated conversations about what the movie makers messed up. LOL
I even found a Whipping Boy movie (Are you going to do that one? It was also very popular with my son. I did that one with our co-op and the kids LOVED it.)

Louisa - February 3, 2009 - 4:24 am

Can’t wait to follow you on this journey….I’ve ALWAYS wanted to dig thru owl pellets…..and don’t forget “Owls in the Family” a great read to go along with that unit…..if it’s not there already…..now I’m checking out MBTP…..

Madeline - February 22, 2009 - 4:08 pm

Great books in those unit studies. It’s really just “strewing” new materials for them (total unschooly language:) with some organizational zeal in there that you can tweak according to your kids’ interest. It’s ALL good to me so long as it works for your family. Hope it’s fun.