Our Family's Journey to Peaceful Parenting and Unschooling.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Our First Invitation
what we did yesterday for our first Play At Home Mom inspired
'Invitation'. Nothing crazy. Some glass beads for Bug to play with (2y),
and a "Letter C" crossword puzzle for Josh (8y), which I made online
and printed. My goal with this was to ease them into the idea of the
When Josh woke up and saw it, his immediate reaction was "I don't want to do this." And I said "Okay." No pressure.
I think he still, a year since being in public school, has an aversion
to anything to looks like forced learning. I did not want to make him
feel like this was anything other than fun.
When Bug woke up
and saw it, he continued the pattern of placing glass beads on the
dashes of the letter c. He loved it. He counted the dashes, he counted
the beads. I believe the fancy term for this is "one-to-one
correspondence". He made his own patterns with the beads on notebook
paper, he counted those. He drew circles, and then he stirred the cup of
beads with his pen, giggling at the sounds it made.
wanted to play outside, and I casually asked him if he would put away
his crossword puzzle items before he went out. "What?! What crossword
puzzle?" He hadn't even looked at what was set out before declaring he
didn't want to do it. That is a strong aversion! He was excited to do
the puzzle though, even using the dictionary to look up a couple words
he was unsure of how to spell. His neighborhood friend came by and they
finished it together before going outside.