It's been a month, and we've seen big changes this week. There is a process known as deschooling which "is the shift from a traditional, government-influenced institution of schooling to a less-restricted method of learning that focuses on being educated by one's natural curiosities..." And I believe that is what has happened. The past few weeks I've been trying to not loose the knowledge he acquired in formal preschool, but I shouldn't have been so worried about it. This week we did ZERO from our main curriculum...and it was one of our best weeks yet!
SO MUCH learning has happened. I was pleasantly surprised that he ASKED me to help him read license plates as we walked through a parking lot. He now asks me to read books to him or asks why something happens the way it does. Or even just watching him figure things out through trial and error.
Hes now THIRSTY for knowledge instead of it lead by me or a teacher and it's been beautiful to see.
Also we hit 15 hours outside this week!! For a total of 98 hours since 1/1/20.
Another change we have seen is his overall behavior. It could be coincidental and age appropriate for this change or could be a combination of things, but he seems less "guarded, less physical with other kids. Reading into it I assume in a group/classroom setting you have to be pretty protective over your things or toys or yourself if you don't want others to take them. And now that he is out of that daily cycle its less of a habit for him. We've now had three playdates with his previous classmates and there have really been no issues! Usually we would have had to do a lot of negotiating, a lot of boundary setting and reminders about keeping our hands to ourselves etc. I noticed this with newer friends but was surprised and happy to see it happen with friends he is already comfortable with as well.
We are trying out a new curriculum which seems to be more our pace called "Exploring Nature with Children" its a supplemental seasonal and nature based year round guide. Each week is a theme based on whats happening in nature that week. They provide a prompt, book list, poem and activity ideas. Very fluid and simple to incorporate.
This week's theme was "Nesting Birds."
Monday morning when Bram woke up there was a Nest theme "Invitation to play" I had set up the night before. He honestly wasn't very into it except to see what he could cram into the wooden bird house... which was totally fine!
âThen he remembered an activity we did during Oktoberfest, stringing cereal on a pipe cleaner for birds to eat, so we made one!
We then walked around our lake to see what nests we could find. And finally went to Kokomo, his favorite climbing tree and placed the wooden bird house, a bundle of nest building materials, and a ring of cereal for the birds (most likely squirrels) to enjoy!
is a kiddo who still lives with his parents and dog in a suburb of Washington, DC.