Hugo can now crack an egg and they both do hands on mixing and tasting. Lily does measuring too and Hugo loves to "tip it in."
From veggies, cakes, biscuits, soups, potato bakes, whatever! We get our hands, face, floor, benches, dirty. BUT we have fun and learn so much in the process.
Then we get to eat it all!
I love the fact that both children understand that you can create something wonderful out of not much at all and I honestly think that at this stage of their early development that it's the confidence in themselves that is gained from these sessions (and a zillion other things we do) that is the important thing. From this foundation of confidence they can be whoever they want to become.
TV time is something that I struggle with. Unschoolers often allow children to self regulate. We have been really strict with Lily and Hugo regarding what and how much they watch. There are so many other cool things to do.
In fact, when Lily was just two I stopped TV altogether and we had 8 months of no TV AT ALL. Prior to that she was watching a bit (nothing before 18 months though) but then she began to whinge and whine for the telly.
It drove me insane. Still does.
Then, when we decided that unschooling and us fitted well, we gave her carte blanche.
That lasted two days. She was feral. Whingy, angry, bossy, stubborn (more than usual), and just horrible in general.
So we stopped that.
Now I regulate the TV. But they both love certain shows and we have those on DVD.
Lily and Hugo both cannot understand advertisements and they send me crazy as well. But alot of cartoons and children's television is actually really in your face/scary/not age appropriate/sends messages that don not correlate with our lifestyle.
So one DVD per day it is. And that works for us. It's generally when Hugo has a sleep so he has less which is good at his age. (21 months.)
The shows are very innocent. Lily is even frightened of Bananas in Pajamas! And we try not to watch anything much that has been merchandised to the hilt.
On our most watched list are:
2. Justine Clarke (from playschool does great music and artistic DVDs)
3. Poko (deals with feelings and how to deal with them)
6. Thomas. ( i know this contradicts the merchansdising but they both love trains so much and it's such an innocent show that we keep it)
and that's it. Afew documentary DVDs and the Little Travellers DVDs as well.
Although both enjoy the SBS docos, especially the ones about travel. And some nights we watch these a family. I think, for us, this is a great mix, and we are happy and you can only ask for that.
Otherwise we read. I long for the day (not too far off I hope) where we can all go out the back and chill out in our hammocks with our books. How lovely...
The above two photos are of our new front gardens just after they were done. They have even grown heaps since then.
We were at a large shop the other day buying a new washing machine, which is just dead sexy by the way*, and our children had a browse. I just love watching them suss out stuff and mimic what they have observed. They crack me up and are a scary reflection of society and ourselves...
Check out those legs! I mean really, how cute can one boy be??????
Or you can just dance and sing and be a ballerina fairy princess shopping lady...if you like...complete with teddy bear in home made baby carrier (aka a beanie)
* we went for an asko front loader and I am in love with just pushing a button to do hand washing or woolens! YAY...
We are finally off the fence with this unschooling business. I have faced my fears and a pushy school principal and now, for the second time (the other was a well-meaning kindergarten teacher that wanted to label Lily with the "special needs" ticket) in the history of the world, my world that is..., I have turned my back on authority and what "should" be done and said NO.
I have told the school we have had Lily down on the list for since she was 5 months old, no thanks we wont be attending the interview, which essentially means in our language: no thanks we will be unschooling in 2012, thankyou very much.
I am jazzed, frightened, excited, overwhelmed, fiercly protective and totally on my own.
Well, on our own as a family unit. Which is really quite liberating.
So we are venturing into the unkown world of life without school, homework, testing, curriculum and I wonder what we will become? What we will learn? Where we will end up and what adventures we will have finding our way.
I just know in my heart that this is for us. This is the way; whatever happens we are together and safe and loved.
What has been strange is the journey to this point for me. I love to live along the fringes, I become alive when I tread the edges of my comfort zone.
But this takes the cake. I have jumped over that boundary. I have grabbed our children and Bern by the scruffs of their necks and leapt into the void of life.