What is our lesson today? Today we learned that juice bottles can make the perfect “moo” sound. When you hold it up to your mouth and make a decent sounding cow noise it starts to sound pretty realistic. It’s kind of awesome.
This is the joy of unschooling. Lessons happen in totally unexpected places. Kids are able to have the freedom to explore and create, even late at night. This particular thing happened just after dinner. It sparks discussions, like how musical instruments work. It can be a lot of fun.
And that’s how things work around here. We don’t have formal lessons. We don’t plan out our learning. It just happens while I’m kicked up on the couch with a book, Oz is killing zombies on a video game, and the baby is enjoying his new-found skill of clapping and is learning how to stand up all on his own. There’s no formality to it. It’s just fun.
We’ve been watching a lot of television, and in other families that’s not seen as a good thing. For us it inspires some really great conversations. I know some families put a lot more emphasis on books, but we’re sadly not a lot of readers. Television is great because we can all sit down and watch it together, then talk about it. The pause button is my friend. We stop movies and shows to discuss things that come up so we don’t miss anything. What we see inspires games and activities. It’s just a great time to relax, spend some time together, and learn.
I couldn’t imagine it being any other way! I can’t imagine how life would be if we had formal classes or if I sent the kids to school. Our time would be spent very differently. We wouldn’t have these moments of the kids making very convincing cow sounds with an empty juice bottle. I would miss out on so much.