Unschool Monday is back!

by Shae on June 11, 2012


I’m so glad that Owlet has decided to bring back Unschool Monday!  I have things to share and say and having a Monday prompt will help.


So what have we been up to?


Art is still very very popular here. Lots of drawing and painting as well as making fans and other 3D creations out of paper.

We have been enjoying rugging up and getting out the bikes and scooters and taking the dog for a walk down to the park together.

We went into the city to see the Sea Shepherd boat the Steve Irwin, which is docked in Melbourne, and speak to the crew about their effort. Tannah was completely taken with the visit and now wants to donate some of her pocket money and go on the boat when she’s an adult.

A nasty cough kept us housebound for a week. Not what we’re used to. We’ve watched lots of movies, made cubbies, done baking, stayed in our pjs and spent many hours deep in imaginative play. Not something I would have chosen but it was actually nice to have a break.

Tannah has discovered that practice makes for progress with both the piano and reading. She is actively seeking me out to do readers with and is committed to piano practice every day. This has been off her own back and she has asked me to remind her to do it every day. She is so pleased with herself!

Willow and Tannah have discovered the joy of me reading them a chapter book at bedtime. I know I shouldn’t be so invested but I love this! The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was a huge hit and we are currently reading the first in the Owls of Ga’Hoole series.

Harper is really into sensory play at the moment.  A tray of bubbles or a tub of uncooked rice and she is a happy camper!

We are planning 2 road trips before the end of the year.


And then there is all the usual stuff. Friends, family, home days, farmers markets, ballet for Willow and piano for Tannah, arguments, computer games, cooking, pets, meet ups, the park, housework.

And there is life in the learning and learning in the life and I often can’t tell where one ends and the other begins.



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Lauren June 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

Lots of practice happening here too. Big Owlet is all about her guitar right now. Tiny is like a little parrot, repeating all our words and practicing over and over…. It’s pretty cool to observe when they get super committed to things. Two road trips sounds exciting! Thanks for joining in again. I needed the prompt too 😉


kelli June 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

hope the cough has hit the road! Art is huge here too and as I type Nienna, Beren and Nienna’s friend Miss Z are out drawing and plan to have a competition of the ‘weirdest creature’ creation.


Sazz June 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Huzzah it’s Unschool Monday! I’ve missed peeking into the unschooly lives of others every Monday night.
My kiddies are so into art too :) And ooh exciting about road trips, blog it all so that I may live vicariously through you ;P We’re saving at the moment for a big birth trip to QLD next year.


Kathy June 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

it sounds glorious, Shae. Especially love the last line of this post.


Helena June 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

I love the last line too, so much! It’s so true, Shae. Thanks for sharing your lovely wanderings–those sound like some sweet adventures and cosy moments (especially the reading together part, that sounded Yum). I like that you added ‘arguments’ in your list of things done, too, because they are part of life and often the talks and cuddles afterwards are so valuable, aren’t they? It’ll be lovely to come by and see you again soon, Shae :)


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