Tonight we watched a favorite show with dinner.
He’s blasting through his Ricky Ricotta books and doesn’t need nearly as much help as he thinks he does. Soon, he’ll realize that.
Books, Nerf weaponry, and LEGOs. Just about everything he could have wished for.
He’s got more firepower than all his siblings combined.
He tested out our tent by pitching it in the front yard and experimenting with it for a while. We’ll be using it out on the trail soon.
It’s the kids version and they love it. It probablt won’t be long before they move up to the full version.
They like lounging in comfort while I read to them.
Week 24 of my 365 project exploring our Unschooling life.
All of our kids seem to want building toys for their birthdays. Usually LEGO. So that’s what they get!
You can’t quite see everything that’s going on in that nearly impregnable fortress, but there’s a flashlight and a stack of picture books for H to read to her siblings.
They’re feeding a tub full of worms and isopods, and they’re fascinated.
He’s been wanting a new chore, and this is what he picked. He was very dissappinted the next day when I accidentally washed them without offering him the opportunity.
Our hike was best summer up in the words of M, age 3, “Dis is such a wonderful day! My first time hiking in da mountains! Dis is such a wonderful day!” Now, it wasn’t actually his first hike in the mountains, or even close to is, but he doesn’t seem to remember all the way back to last summer. Regardless, he was right that it was a wonderful day.
She’s been watching her brothers build train tracks for days, and she finally got the chance to build for herself. And she had a blast!
An important facet of Unschooling is modeling for children how to pursue your passions. That’s why I started playing tournament chess last year and why I’m spending the weekend at the Denver Open tournament.
Week 23 of my 365 project exploring our Unschooling life.
A big family lunch to celebrate graduation day for the kids’ Aunt and Uncle! N particularly enjoyed sitting next to his Uncle, telling jokes, making silly videos and talking about our hiking plans for the next couple summers.
N was very proud of today’s build. It is, obviously, a power generator designed to power a large energy sheild. It can be dissasembled for repaid and includes a number of tools on a rack for maintainance. He told me exactly what each of them is for and how it all works. Clearly he put a LOT of thought into this.
The kids have been interested in playing chess more competitively, so we’ve been having small family tournaments so they can practice using clocks and other tournament rules. We did this twice this week, and they had a blast!
N actually took this picture at the Zoo. He’s been interested in using my camera instead of just their small tough camera, and today he was practicing with my telephoto lens. He really liked this picture, and so do I!
Not satisfied with regular buildings and log cabins, A has been using the Lincoln Logs in more creative ways recently. This is a work in progress – a quadruple catapult. It didn’t work quite as well as he hoped, but maybe next time he’ll solve his problems.
M has an infectious personality when he’s happy. And as you can see, he was very happy walking around with Mrs. Hatter, who took this picture.
Before eating he simply had to build something out of DUPLOs. Thus the Boat-O-Mech was born! G was very proud of this creation, as he is of everything he builds.
Week 21 of my 365 photo project exploring out Unschooling life.
We had the park almost to ourselves for a picnic lunch. The kids had an absolute blast!
We started revamping our home library spaces, ut he couldn’ wait for us to finish. He had to have books!
She recently learned to cook one of her favorite foods, and decided to make dinner for the whole family. It was delicious!
He seasoned and mixed the beef, formed the patties and started learning how to use the grill. Another delicious dinner.
May in Colorado usually has one good snowfall, and this year was no exception. These three simply watched the snow fall for the better part of an hour.
Our two blue-eyed kids are the youngest and the oldest. And they’re great friends.
It’s chaos to look at, but amazing creations emerge from it on a daily basis.
Week 20 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.
They enjoy video games. Particularly LEGO Video games and all the problem solving and action they involve.
They love the Star Wars exhibit at the art museum. Sadly, it’s about to end, so this was our last trip to see it.
He’s getting pretty good, and really enjoys his Ricky Ricotta books.
This is how I spent my morning at the coffee shop.
The Viking exhibit at DMNS is pretty cool. H particularly liked learning about Viking fashions – dyed clothing, jewelry and the like. The boys were more important interested in boats, armor and weaponry.
It’s always fun to find a simplified version of one of our favorite board games to share with the kids.
They don’t seem to particularly care who reads to them, as long as they get to spend some time in a fun book.
Week 13 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.
Giving old childhood toys to your kids can be a whole lot of fun of everyone involved. The kids love my old collection of Micro Machines.
Sometimes my bread doesn’t emerge from the oven looking very good. Today it did!
A asked N to teach him how to make scrambled eggs. They both took the impromptu lesson very seriously, and the eggs turned out nice,
Programming has interested them for a long time and they’ve tried various apps to learn more about it. Bitsbox is becoming quite a hit, as they can write and customize their own apps.
They decided to rebuild one of her old sets together, and required a snack of Cheetos to sustain them as they worked.
Sometimes the best art projects are the really big ones.
We made blueberry muffins this morning and she was an excellent assistant. She even got to make some without blueberries, just the way she likes them.
Week 10 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.
Week 6 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.
Week 5 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.
Hes just recently moved up from DUPLO to LEGO system bricks and absolutely loves them.
We’ve been formulating the list of books we want to read together this year. So today we got out some big stacks of books and read a lot of synopsis’ to refine our list. They’ve got awesome taste in literature, if I do say so myself.
Puzzles are his true love right now. A new big floor puzzle is always a time for fun and excitement, even after his toddler sister managed to pour a bottle of Vanilla extract all over it.
More chess. Deliberating carefully before deciding whether to move the pawn one or two squares.
They love eating bread, and these days they love making it too.
Fridays are chess club day, and they love arriving early to help set up chess sets and displays.
Complicated coloring books are always fun.
Week 3 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.
Building a block Castle, with lots of guns on it.
LEGO Crafting, building an Army of Supervillains!
They love this LEGO mindstorm app to practice some basic programming concepts.
Our Francophile girl has decided its time to study her first foreign language. No surprise about what language she chose.
They’re usually playing chess already by the time I get up in the morning. This is a pretty typical scene.
She’s been an artist for a long time, but her brother is starting to follow in her footsteps. He produced a good polar bear sketch for a four year old.
Books are a constant part of our life. Lunch usually involves books just as much as it involves food.
Week 2 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.