I just sat down for a heart to heart with the kiddo.
She was whining for tv, and I had to remind her that we were NOT going to watch television during the school day.
There are few rules here, in the land of unschool, but television, video watching, et cetera is strictly verboten unless it has educational qualities. I’ve said it before, then relaxed a bit on the rules, and now I’m paying for it.
“We need to talk about what your homeschool goals are for this year.” I said to my rebellious-looking 2nd grader.
“I told you, I want to learn the History of Legos,” she said, falling back on the scrambled decision she made the other day when faced with this same question.
“Hmmm, okay, and after we do that, then you need to pick some more goals.” I said. She agreed, and we looked up the history of Lego, and even saw a great little short film on YouTube titled The Story of Lego – you can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdDU_BBJW9Y
After it was done, I turned to her and said. “Okay, we have learned the history of Lego, now I would like a list of five things that you would like to study or learn about for homeschool.”
Oh, how she tried to squirm out of it! I did this all very purposefully. My child is rather good at trying to make peace by telling me what she thinks I want to hear. Not knowing WHAT to choose for study was a bit stressful for her, but essential if I ever hope to have a natural auto-didact on my hands.
In the end we came up with the following list:
- Reading (her to me) every night
- Learning the months of the year
- Math – double digit addition and subtraction
- How to make sculptures
- Watching and reading The Magic Schoolbus
And so that is what we are going to do. For now. Until she decides on something different.
And now I have to go, she’s requested I read a second Magic Schoolbus book to her!