Monday, 2 February 2015

2015: Will be a year of unschooling

I have been unwell these past few weeks and so we have had a late start to our ‘school’ year. I had many plans that I had to accept were going to change.Things do not always go according to plan. What I have discovered accidentally is that our children really do learn on their own. Take today for example, Jonny love science and art and decided to do this experiment out of one of his science books on his own.Putting an egg in a jar of vinegar to see the reaction that takes place. The vinegar dissolves the egg shell.


Jonny also decided to paint so we are working on a frogs are green art contest…I downloaded some frog pics for him to be inspired by.


   Ethan baked rusks and made our supper, Spaghetti Bolognaise. Besides reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tirian warmed his snake tank with a home made heater, a jar of hot water.


Monday, 20 October 2014

The World is my classroom

Just sharing some random everydayness……..

Our visit to the Library


Ethan’s recipe


Ethan bakes or cooks something every day,Asperger's children usually obsess over one thing and for Ethan it is food and cooking!


Early morning Maths and Language


Ethan likes to work here with the curtains drawn, sometimes people with Asperger's are sensitive to light.Ethan is very sensitive to the sunlight and it can give him migraines so I just let him work where he is comfortable.


Yes sometimes we school in our Pyjamas


Tirian at classical guitar lessons and Ethan entertaining the music teachers son by building a train track.


Homeschool hike in the bush


Jonathan doing some painting


Blogging break

I have ,like all homeschool moms had a really crazy year! I have not blogged for the longest time and it is time to get back into the swing of things! This has been a quiet year for us, and have gone in a generally unschooling direction. Although I do use curriculum I have allowed the children to pursue their own interests as well! I also have not allowed the words " I am bored!" to be said in our home! They always have an opportunity to do something and usually when they are bored enough ,they come up with something really amazing and creative! My oldest, Tirian has grown and learnt a lot about technology, Ethan has taken off with his cooking and baking and passion for food and Jonny the youngest has really improved on his drawing and creative side! I love to watch how they learn on their own, enjoying the process of learning without even realising it. We just recently had a homeschool expo and entrepreneur day and i watched how the boys with a little help from Dad, prepared for this. Putting all their business and maths skills into action.

I have been homeschooling for 9 years now and found I did hit a burnout stage but I am so thankful i did because I have learnt to relax and allow the process to happen naturally. I still love working with them and especially doing art and our history program 'Story of the World' but I also love to leave them and see what they will do next. It has been the year that i have learnt from them. I do have a bit of catching up to do in the blogging department though. I must post some of the pics of the food ethan has made or the videos of Tirian playing guitar as well as Jonny's drawings.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

How to make a fire with steel wool and a 9 vault battery

Sometimes your children teach you a thing or two! Tirian like all boys loves to make fire and we though the magnifying glass trick was cool but then Tirian discovered this on you tube! I do love technology! He showed me this and I just had to video it and share it! A real McGuyver trick this....

Thursday, 10 July 2014

South Africa Project by Tirian Marcus

Cover Page
National symbols
Oceans and Cities
Provinces and SA flag
Nelson Mandela

Saturday, 5 April 2014

5 km race

Not looking too happy as we had to get to the stat of the race at the crack of dawn. Here we are listening to the briefing. Ready for our first ever family race. My husband did the 20 km but Ethan and I did the 5 km, well it was more like 8km as we went on a slight detour…..



Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Illusion experiment

You will need: A straw, paper, coloured pencils ,scissors and glue. Cut out 2 circles and copy the pictures below. The cage is on one side and the bird on the other. When you twist the straw by rubbing your hands together the bird will appear in the cage.