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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!!

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!


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
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… 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.


We have had some joyful moments here lately. First, Ryan lost his first baby tooth and then had a lucrative visit from the tooth fairy. Then today, we headed down to one of the parks in our neighborhood and he overcame some fears while we were there. Take a look: This slide is really tall, […]

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Stephanie - January 13, 2009 - 7:19 am

So pretty!
And the heron is beautiful!
Glad you had such a wonderful day!!

Chrissy - January 13, 2009 - 7:56 am

Great pictures!

Your kids always look soo happy.

Karen - January 13, 2009 - 9:33 pm

Well, be careful what you wish for! Here in Iowa we have at least 8 inches of snow on the ground and we’re supposed to get 3-5 more tonight. Temps? 7 below zero windchill.

What I wouldn’t give for a tad of warmth right now…

whimsigal - January 14, 2009 - 10:16 am

Thanks, Steph. :)

Chrissy, they always look happy only because I never take pics of them when they’re hating me. LOL Only kidding!! Sort of. :) They’re pretty happy-go-lucky kids, really. I feel lucky.

Karen, I know you guys are totally covered up out there! 7 below windchill? Man, that is COLD. We’re going to see temps dip into the single digits this week for the first time since 2005. We just want one good snow!! We haven’t had one in a loooong time. Hope things warm up for you soon!

mamak - January 17, 2009 - 10:49 am

Awesome shots, dude! i tagged you by the way, see my place for info, if ya feel like playing along!-k

Madeline - January 19, 2009 - 10:03 am

Your pictures are so good. Man! You’re doing the right thing doing photography as a pro.

Jesse has had a lot of fear too. It is really challenging for me at times to not feel responsible in some way for it. But it is his journey. I know how that feels when they overcome their fear. congratulations Ryan!

We’re losing things here

Check out Ryan’s new look: I can’t believe it. He lost his first tooth!!!! Oh my goodness!!! He’s going to be 7 in a couple of months and I can’t believe that either. He’s my baby but not a baby by any means. Oh!!! It’s just crazy how fast the time goes by. I’m glad […]

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joan - January 10, 2009 - 10:27 am

Good for him! Milestones that hit me this year: no more elementary school and Stephen getting his license next month.
Did the tooth fairy make a visit?

mamak - January 10, 2009 - 1:13 pm

He is so cute! He looks so much like you, Evie! So then, I guess that makes you cute too?!? Congrats on that milestone, and hugs to the mama.-K

Louisa - January 12, 2009 - 12:45 am

I just keep telling them to STOP GROWING WOULD YOU!!?? My baby is getting sooooo big too (my oldest is 7) of course he also eats more than us at dinner……your post hit home with me…..time is soooooooo precious….

Carri - January 12, 2009 - 7:16 pm

Oh, how cute!!

Chrissy - January 13, 2009 - 8:00 am


I just had to share a story that just happened to Squirrel. Let me start by saying that she has 4 loose teeth.

After playing outside she came in to have a bowl of applesauce. She sat down and ate about half the bowl, then screamed~ “where’s my tooth!!”. Her tooth fell out and we couldn’t find it anywhere. We tried to look outside and we looked inside, it wasn’t anywhere we could see. It turns out that she most likely swallowed the tooth.

The look on her face was priceless!!