Wednesday, September 30, 2009

feeling sad about O's school

Today I officially pulled him out of school. I feel sad...
The teachers are so nice and loving
He enjoys school most of the time, though he doesn't miss it now, would rather stay at home
He just made two new friends
He has made some new changes, opened up a little bit

I am still very positive about my choice of unschooling. I don't see him missing school either. Nevertheless, I feel sad...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Didn't go to school and don't want to go to school

This morning, O said he didn't want to go to school. I happily told him he didn't need to go if he didn't want to go.

We had a full and fun day. Played in the playground in the beautiful sunny autumn morning. Watched our neighbor's house got demolished. Amazed by the big machinery. Hang out in the bookstore (my mother triggered alarm by going to the exit door.) Napped, watched "classic baby music" DVD and played WII sports, pillowfight before bed.

While I washed him, I asked him if he wanted to go to school. He said he didn't want to.
me: "Why?"

O: too much work

me: work? I was surprised

O: yes, too much work: circle time, playground, singing, sensory table, cooking, snack time...I just want to play with blocks.

It got me thinking. He doesn't like to rotate activities the school does. He wants to follow what interests him.

That sounds he likes "child-led" education. :)

Made two friends in school

Yesterday I picked up O. He was so excited and couldn't wait to tell me that he made two new friends. They tickled each other and laugh and laugh. Great fun. He said "mama, I have lele (the friend he made in Italy), Luke, Henry and Ben (in another school during summer camp). How come I have so many friends?"

I was just about to pull him out of school to unschool him.

I hesitated.

Look it up in your computer

My son asked a question about caterpillar. And he said "Mama, look it up in your computer".
--He knows computer/internet is one of the sources that we can learn