Monday, February 27, 2012

Unschooling Tools

It's an odd position to be in, this.

Many friends that visit these pages just stop by to smile with fondness at our doings or my perspective... for these days and moments look remarkably like their own.
Others (that have no earthly idea what Unschooling could possibly mean) come by to check out a particular craft or science project.
Still others come by because they're interested in or are actively homeschooling, and are sometimes gathering courage and faith... considering stepping outside of their (maybe not working quite as they had envisioned) plan, wondering if they could ever dare.  : )
And so.
Here I am.
Not story-telling according to any plan or schedule, but just telling of the wanderings and creatings of our days... be they tales of spring cleaning, voyages into dark corners inside a mama's head, or snapshots of drawings and the construction of pet shoppes.

And though every day tells tales and is a sharing of resources and ideas, sometimes there are specific requests... "Please. Give me a list!"

I almost cheekily named this "Our Definitive List of Unschooling Tools", just to tease, as even in our own home, there is no such thing.  I say "Unschooling Tools" even in jest, as the very premise of educating ourselves and children this way is free-form... unprescribed.... unlimited.... it cannot -and will not!- be contained.  To contain it is to to make it much, much smaller than it really is, I think.

Still, I understand having questions... wanting to get ideas.... wanting a finite list of things to check out.

So, in light of that, here we are.
So as not to get overwhelmed (or be overwhelming, to the Reader), I'm thinking that we could put these things up in smaller lists.
I'll be adding these lists to our Unschooling page in the tabs, and since our friends that visit here also have such wonderful resources and ideas, we'll put in a linking option, too.
If you'd like to play along, write a post corresponding to the week's subject, and link it to the relevant post.

I'm thinking our "Subject" list should look something like this:
  • Games!  :)
  • Around Town (local extra-cool places - beaches, nature trails, living history museums, etc)
  • Software and video games
  • Math Play
  • Creativity supplies
  • Television (movies, documentaries, netflix faves, pbs shows, etc)
  • History
  • Science Love
  • Social studies (politics, cool conversations, humanitarianism, etc)
  • The Heart's Desire
As I mentioned, there are a lot of visitors that come here with questions (voiced and not), so if you'd like to add  your ideas of "what" and "how" to inspire others, please join in.

Shall we say Wednesdays?
Let's start with Games!


  1. Yay! We'd love to play along! Now, just to start formulating the post in my head! Can't wait to see what other fabulous games others will share as we are *always* looking for wonderful new ones to add to our home!

  2. Ha! I was just thinking of this yesterday (while cleaning). I was wondering if anyone clicks on my "How We Learn" tab--if it even matters. Does anyone care?

    I get more questions in real life than I do on my blog--and no one in my real life reads my blog (unless they are snooping--ha, ha--and I don't know it)!

    I like your sharing idea--good stuff! I'll be happy to share--esp. about our newest game!

  3. what a great idea!! We've bought several games thanks to you - Mancala being one that springs to mind!

    Looking forward to these posts very much.

  4. I love this idea! A person can never have too many resources (ok, maybe a person can, but better too many than not enough)!

    And even though we may not be into a certain subject right now, knowing that I can tap into this resources when we do find ourselves loving history is invaluable.

    Thanks for hosting this!

  5. What a marvelous and helpful idea!

  6. And some of us just stalk your blog for reassurance that the amazing life we've found ourselves leading is indeed okay. It's okay to have a day of do-nothing. Or of Phineus and Ferb. Or building tree houses. Or of playing games.

    I used to be a big list-maker, so I'm immediately drawn to it, especially because you DO have so many great resources--we love our new games and cannot seem to get enough of the Home Science Tools website.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. You're so welcome, Trista. Thank you for the kind words!

  8. Oh my goodness do we like games in our household. This sounds fun!

    I visit here to smile in fondness and to be inspired. It's like one stop shopping :).

  9. Hmmm...thought I left a comment days ago here - wondering if that means others have gotten "lost"?

    When do we start???

  10. @ SlimD - Boo!! I mess them up all the time because of that demmed word verification, but not cool for it to happen here! :)


Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!