This post is part of a series of posts documenting our day-to-day life as an unschooling family. Sometimes it’s hard to picture what unschooling looks like, so here I hope to provide a little window into the kid’s life and learning. This is just an example of what unschooling can look like, but it’s very different for each family. It’s not designed to be read as an ‘activity idea’ that you can set up for your child, but an account of four inspired young people who have the freedom to learn how and what they desire.
A few months ago, Miss 6 decided she wanted to make a stop-motion movie. I think the idea was inspired by her older sister making a documentary. She really wanted to make her own video and edit it on the computer. One day, while drawing dinosaurs, a story came to her…She made a story-board so she didn’t forget the plot.
After a trip to the shops for supplies, she started on the backdrop.
Next, making the characters. She decided to use dinosaur figurines, but wanted to make the people herself out of modelling clay.
Making a dinosaur bone.
This actually happened over the course of a few months, which is often how things go here. They tend to do a lot in one burst, then have a break and come back to it at another time. Whenever she was feeling motivated she did some more work on it. For a time she was stuck, not knowing what to do next. Just recently she decided it was time to take the photos!
Lining things up perfectly. She didn’t ask for any help with the photos, and it seemed clear she had a precise vision in her head. I just love watching their plans unfold.
After she had taken all the photos I put them on the computer for her and showed her how to use the program. She put everything in the right order and chose the time she wanted each frame to play for. She then decided it needed sound effects and used my phone to record her voice, adding it to her movie. Next she asked me to show her how to add titles. And finally, she browsed online for some background music to add.
Take a look at the finished movie here…
My favourite part is the sound effects! She’s so happy with it.
What have your kids been up to lately?