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June has been a slow sort of a month for us, and I wondered if I should post at all. But then I decided I should because that’s what unschooling is all about. It’s real life, and that’s what I want to show people. It’s not an unachievable perfection. Not every day, week, or month is packed full of inspiring learning moments that you can see. Life is not really a series of beautiful activities and explorations, but, as those moments are more easily captured on camera sometimes that’s what it can seem like from the outside. Learning is happening all the time, of course, but not all of it is able to be photographed. In fact, most is much less obvious. Conversations, observations, play, daydreaming. I can’t show you how much of that is going on. Some of our best learning for instance, happens in the car! Always so many questions in the car! And not all learning is ‘academic’ either, which doesn’t make it any less important.
If you don’t already know, we’re waiting on the arrival of our last family member, arriving in July! And so things are slowing down here. With this big belly to carry around I haven’t been bothered to run and grab the camera and take as many photos as I usually would. We’ve also been busy preparing for baby’s arrival, doing all the last things. As well as a seriously major declutter of the house after reading this book. Seriously, life changing is not an exaggeration! If you haven’t read it I would highly recommend it! We are so organised now and everything is so tidy and manageable. It’s going to make looking after 4 precious people much easier for me. So while lots of learning is always happening, our focus has shifted at the moment, and that’s OK! Life goes through different phases and that’s also something to learn. We don’t have to keep doing anything and everything at times like these. This is real life we’re living here. There’s no curriculum to keep up with. It’s ok to take things slow for a while. And I LOVE that about unschooling. We have all the time in the world. There is time for us to appreciate moments like these.
And so, onto what I did manage to capture! Predictable from me I know, ha! But, nature time! Really, you can’t have too much can you? We’ve been out and about with friends playing in nature of course but this month we’ve also been doing a lot more exploring as a family on the weekends. Making the most of the last weeks as a family of 5 and having adventures while we can.
Is nature not the best teacher ever? How easy is it just to go outside and let them explore and discover and ask questions. Here they’re looking at the bark of a tree up close through a microscope. They always pack a backpack of stuff to take with them. Usually magnifying glasses, microscopes, nature journal, and pencils.
These handheld microscopes are really cool! I only bought them recently and they’ve been used so much. Great for taking on nature walks.
We even bought some creek water home one day to have a look at under our big microscope.
Love this one. My little girl is getting so big, always wanting to keep up with the others now.
Always so much to see! You might have seen me mention in a recent post that we’d been reading ‘Tree of Life‘. We had just read the page about Kingdom Fungi the night before this particular walk and the girls were really interested to see some growing. And I mean squealing and yelling excited about it. That is what I love to see. Such joy from learning.
That night when they were in bed I was called in to their room and asked about how fungi grows. As I’ve mentioned before, instead of giving them the answer I prefer to let them think about it and research themselves. Though they were already in bed so I told them I would write their questions on the whiteboard for them so they wouldn’t forget.
Learning all about fungi reproduction the next day.
Apart from nature time, the other thing you can always count on happening is art. Lots of art time.
Painting on the light table.
Little Miss deciding to use paintbrushes like her big sisters now.
Last month I mentioned an interest in Aboriginal culture developing. We borrowed a stack of books from the library and have been learning all about it! Here one of the books even inspired some art.
And as luck would have it this month our homeschool co-op had an Aboriginal art and culture workshop! Here we are learning how to make fire.
This was Miss 4’s favourite part. We were not successful though. It’s so much harder than it looks!
Getting painted with ochre paint.
Decorating their hair with Emu feathers. They also got to throw a boomerang and play a didgeridoo!
Another co-op day spent experimenting.
Along with her interest in Aboriginal culture, Miss 6 has been busy writing a play for her and her friends to star in.
Miss 4 has continued to be interested in writing and found this book during our big clean out to practice in.
She also loves to build and I love seeing what she comes up with. Here she’s using different Spielgaben blocks.
I particularly loved this Magna-Tile building.
And that pretty much sums up our month! Along with a lot of conversations, stories, cleaning, preparing for a baby, wondering about a new sibling, playing with dolls, dress-ups, watching documentaries, reading books, resting, and lots of fun!
What about you? How have you been?