Spacefaring Sam: Phases of the Moon

Quick overall reflection:  We’re now three weeks into our ‘space’ unit – 6 days total, usually 4-6 hours of school each day.  During this time, we’ve talked about gravity, the vacuum of space, rocket ships, and the moon.  We’ve followed the plan I initially laid out fairly closely, except that we’re definitely going through it … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: Phases of the Moon”

Spacefaring Sam: To the Moon

Circle time as usual – fidgets, stories and songs. I am really liking this part of our school day – it’s simple, and more or less the same each time we do it.  I believe that that small bit of consistency is helpful to both me and the kids.  Then, Sam told the kids excitedly … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: To the Moon”

Spacefaring Sam: Overcoming the Vacuum

Space unit day 4:  What Sam Needs is a Spacesuit  We tried using playdough instead of fidgets today to keep their hands busy during story time.  This worked very well.  They stayed focused on the stories, and we ended up reading twice as many books as usual.  After circle time, I pulled out the vacuum … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: Overcoming the Vacuum”

Spacefaring Sam: The Unforgiving Vacuum of Space

Space Unit day 3:  Space is a Vacuum  AKA:  Whoops, I accidentally traumatized the children  I usually set out fidgets on the table for the kids to play with while we sing songs and read them stories.  Today though I figured I’d change it up.  Instead of fidgets, I pulled out trays and a box … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: The Unforgiving Vacuum of Space”

Spacefaring Sam: Rocket ships

Space Unit day 2:  What Sam Needs is a Rocket Ship During circle time, the kids were engaged and excited about the books and songs.  Normally, Leslie plays guitar while we sing but this time Maya asked if we could get out the instrument box so everyone could play an instrument.  We pulled out the … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: Rocket ships”

Spacefaring Sam: Trapped by Gravity

Space Unit day 1:  Trapped by Gravity After our usual start to ‘circle time’  – singing songs and reading stories, I pulled out a sheep puppet and introduced him as Sam, a new member of our class.  The kids were enthralled.  They jumped up and ran over, giving Sam hugs and welcoming him.  We always … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: Trapped by Gravity”

My Path to Unschooling

No assignments.  No lectures. No homework.  No tests.  No grades. No academic work required, ever. Children are allowed to do as they will with their time.  There are rules that are in place for practical reasons, but within those rules kids are allowed to do literally whatever they want.  Screen time all day long? Go … Continue reading “My Path to Unschooling”

Stuck at home with kids? Try ‘strewing’

Schools throughout the country are closed.  Kids are home with their family.  And all of a sudden, my Facebook feed is filled with parents asking for help, seeking activity ideas for their bored, stressed children.  There are usually some wonderful suggestions – links to online resources, and suggestions of great activities like cooking together, play … Continue reading “Stuck at home with kids? Try ‘strewing’”