So last night as I tucked the kids in to bed one of my daughters said.
‘Mummy, I want homework. Could you give me a project, make me do it and if I don’t do it be really mean to me?’
We both laughed.
Then the other two chimed in ‘Yeah, me too, me too!’
What I gleaned from this is that they are hungry to learn, they want something to do and they want to be challenged. They also want me to stick to a boundary to make sure that they finish their projects. Which is kind of contrary to the unschooling philosophy but it comes from them, so it is all good. I am following them in their learning.
So late last night I wrote a list and it goes like this.
15. Research the pyramids in Egypt and see how they were built then re build them in Minecraft.
Then the kids gave me a project.
Draw a cat that has all the characters and personalities of our six cats combined with in it. (GULP!)
These were the ideas I proposed, please feel free to use any of them for your kids if they inspire you and let us know how you got on. I shall report back from our end soon and let you know what happens from here.
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These are awesome ideas! I think your kids will have great fun on their projects. 🙂
Hi Margaret, yes they are having fun already! Our one daughter has written her script and has cast her movie, I am the granny and the witch (?) our neighbour’s daughter is the main character and I think our son is the pixie and her sister is a nymph!
It’s Margaret again. I just had an idea I wanted to share, hopefully someone might find it useful or interesting. Research a type of cuisine you are unfamiliar with, then design and cook a 3-course meal. Something along those lines. Probably I am inspired to think of this idea by wanting someone other than me to prepare meals, lol! Anyway, I enjoy reading your blog posts, I hope you have a wonderful day. 🙂
That is a good idea, yesterday one of my daughters made a Vietnamese pudding and I told her of your suggestion and she is considering doing a three course Vietnamese meal!
I hope you have a wonderful day too!
Oh yes, I did see the picture of the Vietnamese creme caramel posted on your Facebook account. It looked delicious! The movie-making sounds like it is a lot of fun, with lots of creativity and imagination, and how wonderful it has so many family members (and a neighbour!) involved.
I am a homeschooling mom of two boys in Canada. It is quite structured in our family but I like to keep my eyes and ears open for different ideas, so your blog is much appreciated! 🙂
Great Margaret, thanks for the comment and for keeping up with our blog. Yes, it was delicious!