Do I say 'my favorite' a lot? It seems like I do. Ah well, it really is a goodly sort of life, hmm?
It's not something that belongs to unschoolers, exclusively, of course - but rather than 'Go'ing being just an extra-curriicular, 'field trip fun' sort of thing for my family, it's the energy -the currency- of this way of life.
Bringing the world home to the child and showing children the world is just what we do.
Living in and exploring the world is a major part of our curricula. Its peoples... its hills and valleys... its caves and buildings and gardens and stages and factories and animals and museums.... these are the things that inspire, prompt, and teach us.
Going and being out in the world isn't necessarily about picking up a clipboard as we pass through the door, and checking things off as we explore the museum. It's not about proving we're absorbing certain things, in a particular way and time.
Ghost town : Peerless
It's being in the world.
A dinosaur dig site
It's seeing the world. It's making the connection in our minds between this howler monkey and the one on the documentary a couple of months ago.
It's hearing the world--communicating and interacting with friends, zookeepers, musicians, family, and strangers.
Pictographs in the Buckhorn Wash
It's getting to know the world by touching it--petting, stroking, climbing, leaping, uncovering, wading, tossing, building, deciphering, tasting, digging, pushing, rearranging, smashing, lifting, launching, defining....
We all have lots and lots of places around us that will elate and embolden us if we keep our minds and hearts open to them.
Cathedral of the Madeleine
living history museums
roadside fruit stands
natural history museuem
pick your own farms
state or county fair
churches, temples, monasteries, and cathedrals
state capital or town hall
small town museums
beach - lake or seaside
fun center (with gokarts, miniature golf, laser tag, batting cages, arcade)
Junior Ranger programs at state parks
letterboxing and geocaching
When I look at this list, I think, "Wow, that's a lot of stuff! A lot of living." Fifty-something places to go. Even two a week would be pretty adventurous, I think. Make for a pretty great life.
Then I look again at the list... that would mean going to a ghost town twice a year. Huh. We go more like four or five times. Or to the roller rink. Same thing; probably four or five times a year. Parks? Well. Probably at least two dozen times a year. The science center? Have been twice in the last few months. Library programs? Six or seven. Ice skating? Planetarium? Children's theater?
I can't help but smile. Many of these things we do at least three or four times a year. Some a dozen.
This part of unschooling is a part of unschoolers themselves, I believe. A part of the adventuresome spirit.
I don't mean that you have to be willing to constantly Go to be a successful unschooler, but rather that Curiosity (whether at home, or Out) is a consequence of living life this way. I think as you open your mind to what the world has to offer, the more seeking of that knowledge you become.
The adventure makes the Adventurer. The curiosity makes the Curious. The interesting makes the Interested.
It's a good life.
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Next week : Unschooling Tools : History
This post is part of the Unschooling Tools series.
Other posts are Unschooling Tools : Games
Unschooling Tools : Math Play
Unschooling Tools : Television
Unschooling Tools : For Creativity
Unschooling Tools : For Reading