They presented their case. They try to convince me to go Ikea because they said, they learned more about sea creatures from books than to visit a sea aquarium. (I was proposing to go SEA Aquarium.) They said they cannot study IKEA from books. They want to study Smarland, study ice cream, study hotdog bun. 🙄 Since they are sincere, presented their case and argued well, I agree to bring them “study” I.K.E.A.
1st stop, Smarland. Only to realise HH is over the height for it so he can’t get in. No one is disappointed except mama. (😖 , I was looking forward for some coffee time!) Kids being kids, they still play anywhere and found this corner to spend 30mins. I did my thinking at a corner. Then we went for lunch, walk around market place, enjoyed some ice cream, boys went to get their own hotdog bun while I read. We then went home.
Everyone is happy.
Highlight of the day: as we walked towards the carpark to leave for Ikea,
Hh: Oh... I’m so grateful that we can go to Ikea.
YY: yes ..! I’m so grateful too!! Me: me too !!! I’m so grateful that my both of my boys are grateful! 😅 (Lesson learn: kids can be grateful if we show them how on daily basis.) #homeschooling#unschooling#unschoolinglife#ikea#childrenplaying#study#grateful
Homeschooling Moms out there- what are you doing in July?! .
Me? I’m sending my kids to their fourth VBS this summer 😎. It’s hot and we’ve done practice school runs exactly once this whole summer 🤣😌. But the beauty of this whole #homeschool#unschooling thing is that we do math while dividing the toilet paper between 3 bathrooms, we read a ton to get “extra stay-up time” at night, and we go to the library 40 times a month because the pool is too hot now ☀️😎😩.! Right? Or am I a homeschool slacker...or wait- just don’t tell me😉.
How much screen time is TOO MUCH?! Where do we draw the line as parents? Well, I don’t have all the answers, but I do want to share what worked for our family in my most recent blog post, “You’re cutting our screen time?!” Check it out! Link is in my bio! tidbitsfromaboymom.com
Education comes from many sources. Not just mainstream school. Indeed, it can be argued that mainstream school is restrictive, narrow, forces conformity, crushes creativity and squashes promise.
This week, my son spent time with his grandparents. They collected eggs from the hens, discovered newly hatched baby chicks, planted flowers, harvested vegetables, ate tomatoes from the vine, bottle fed the baby goat, got dirty, lit fires (controlled of course) all outside without the confines of walls and imposed rules which are there to quell originality.
My son struggles with school attendance. School gives him anxiety. This anxiety stops him being the amazing, vibrant, kind, considerate, funny, loving, inquisitive child he is. So this week he spent time with his great gran, his grandparents, his uncles and cousins. He was outside, he felt the earth between his toes, the fresh air in his lungs and love in his heart.
Education is everywhere. Not just in the classroom.
Playtime was discouraged for a lot of us - we were either in a hurry to show everyone how grown up we were, or the adults around us encouraged us to stop acting so “childishly” 😳 And that translates into parents that have a hard time relating through play! It’s time to rediscover that playfulness! So much learning happens through play. And if you’re engaged WITH the kids, you’ll see it more clearly! #unschoolingmom2mom🌻 #play 💛
Even mamas can learn lessons from our littles. ✨💕✨Vanellope reminded me of a very important one this weekend.
I once heard that if your dreams could fit inside your head 🧠📦and be lost among your other thoughts, then perhaps they weren't big enough.⚡️
Ever since, I've practiced giving my dreams space to grow 🦄by writing them down, 📝sketching them, or making digital or physical dream boards✂️📍📖. I've been releasing them from my head where they are likely to get pushed to a dusty corner 🕸of memories, and never fully develop their wings or take flight.🦋 Over the weekend we had a catastrophe in the Howey house. 🙈🐝🦉I'll set the stage, so that perhaps you can imagine the likes of it....👧🏼
Mama's dream board was blown off the wall by the wind 🌬and sat propped against it. Little one, with her curious hands and eager desire to help, kept touching it and pulling things off to rearrange. 👩🏻🎨I was frustrated, and after some stern voices from both sides, tears, a long chat, and lots of patience, 💕we discovered that little one has big dreams too, and she needs a place to give them wings.🦋
I knew it was time to change up my dream board to add our ✨DREAM BIGGER PROJECT ✨🐝to it, but I'd been putting it off. Little one's desire for her very own board prompted my creative energies this weekend though, and she reminded me that if my dreams were to come true, I needed to see them every day. 🗓
Today we sat down together to work on our dream boards. 🎨🖍🎉She did all the cutting herself. If I fully understand her dreams, she wants to have a peacock farm with ladybugs and bees🐝🐞. I believe that's a wonderful place to start dreaming!
My dream board isn't complete yet, but adding the dream bigger project makes it feel less like a dream, and more like a plan!
Are your dreams just up in your head floating around, or do you give them space to grow? 🌈🦋I'd love to hear about your big dream that you're currently planning!! Please share it with me!
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This time last week I was taking Tom to his first day at Art Camp. He was super nervous! But That was only for the first day. (He has no idea what it would be like to go to school all day #homeschoolers He hadn’t done anything remotely like this since he was in a half day of preschool 😆) Tom loved Camp! He made friends, behaved, learned about other countries and art, and enjoyed the projects they worked on. I’m super excited to pick up his ceramics later this week!!! 🦄🌸💓
Sorry we've been so quiet in here my poetry account has gone crazy busy over the past few months. The kids have pretty much been playing roblox that whole time haha, obsessed. They are going to be making their own game on it soon! Anyone else have roblox obsessed kids?!
This morning I was supposed to do a phone interview for a popular morning radio show about unschooling, but I cancelled, as I was in the middle of breastfeeding Anakin, and he would have woken up, had I stopped or started to speak.
I had told the radio station when we planned the interview, that I wasn’t sure, that the time would fit us and that I would maybe have to cancel, so that wasn’t a problem. I always set my terms, when agreeing to interviews, so it doesn’t affect my family.
But it made me want to elaborate something, as I got this question in my AMA the other day, but unfortunately didn’t have time to answer it: “Aren’t you afraid of wasting people’s time, when you cancel plans on short notice?”
And no, I am not. I used to be - I used to be very pleasing and I used to stress about being on time and showing up no matter what. But at some point I realized, that I wouldn’t want my friends and family to have a bad and stressful morning, just so they could be on time to meet me. Or show up, if they actually really needed a day at home. I would want them to take care of themselves and their family first.
If we have plans with someone, and they are late or cancel, we can go with the flow and find something else to do. I don’t make it an issue and I certainly don’t get angry or disappointed at them - I assume, that they had good reason and tell them to slow down and to just come, when they are ready or some other time. No stress.
And the wonderful people in my life also wish the best for me and my family. Now, we have arranged our everyday life to be free from external stress factors, so it is rarely necessary - but if I am late or have to cancel, my people know that it’s because we did not want to stress and have a bad day or morning - as in my experience most bad situations and fights are caused by stress - and they support that, because they support us 🙏❤️