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Ok. Sorry I have to redo my last post. We have since adjusted our charts and even gotten rid of one. We don't have points for the kids anymore. I have just told them if they hit 200 hours of schooling before thanksgiving then they can go skating as a reward. Since then we have reached over 150 hours and I suspect they will have the 200 done before the end of the month. (baring a family catastrophy) We are not fans of "unschoolers" just because we have seen "unschooled" children all over the neighborhood at all hours doing nothing but playing with each other but if that makes you happy go for it. We are fans of educating our children so they can good paying jobs to better support themselves and their families as adults.
As for inspiring on days that kids don't really want to work then go for the more fun things. History, science, and geography are great and easy ways to inspire. (your thinking yeah right) I know but our family visits one or two places in the world every week. (two if they just don't feel like schooling much on a day.) I let each one pick a place and we all vote. (they can't vote on their own) Since I have 3 I don't have to have a deciding vote. :) We get to read books about that place, look at their customs, music, dress up or pretend to dress up like them, (paper accessories work fine) We take a flight through their country and we site see. (via their websites, and youtube.) We will even make one or two of their dishes during that day and that is where we slip in Science, math, and reading. They take turns reading ingredients, measuring, mixing, doing things in order, the older ones actually cook, cleaning as we go and we serve/sit and eat like they do in the country that we are visiting. It can be very challenging with 2 or more kids but it is also about organizing and delegation. I do very little on those "trips". I let the girls do it since there are 3 and sometimes 4 of them. We never make big portions of the food we make upon our "visits" in case we don't like it but each country has thousands of recipes to choose from. :) I really hope this helps better than my last 2 posts.
We have several charts. We have one for chores, (after chart is full 1 extra hour at the park) one for completion of the school day (every 100 hours we have a small party) and for the ones that have a hard time completing school work they earn "points or stickers" for every page or section they complete. They can earn up to 5 points or stickers per day and they get rewards at 100 and 500 points. 100 is a "lazy day" where school work is done if they want to and we have a picnic. 500 they get a choice of several things like dinner out, trip to somewhere new or an exhibit we haven't seen in a while, or skating. I really customize it to each child. Hope this helps good luck and god bless
My parents would use science videos for me (I was around 7). I would watch Bill Nye, as well as some other PBS programs with my dad. Nova was one of my favorites. Find what interests them and use it to your (and their) advantage. I was big on Space so we would talk about new things that NASA was doing and explain what the engineers needed to know to get things in space.
You can do the same thing with History, Music, Geography, Literature, as well as many other sciences. I was fascinated with out people lived in the 1800s.
You don't have to sit at a desk with a textbook to learn.
Tama - posted on 08/17/2010
Deanna - "Not fans of unschoolers"? Does that mean you personally don't like those people? I think it's pretty judgy to say that unschoolers who are "doing nothing but running around playing" all hours of the day are not learning! Some of the most amazing learning opportunities happen without someone "teaching". Anyone who is truly interested in reading more about the unschooling lifestyle can find information online about it. I am constantly amazed at what my children know simply because they have followed an interest.
I also think it's a bit presumptuous to say that formal or traditional education (teacher led) = better paying jobs. Where are you getting this information from? I doubt you can produce ONE piece of evidence of this. And while some folks do measure success in adulthood by annual salary, I, for one, do not. There are many ways to measure success in adulthood and that's only one way.
Tama - posted on 04/23/2010
Don't "teach"! :) Sounds silly, but whenever I try to teach my kids or turn something into a lesson or plan what I want them to do, they resist. They are avid learners, but not interested in being taught. This is how we found ourselves Unschooling.
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