Showing posts from January, 2013

A Little Bored: Unschooling and Boredom Complaints

This was our first day of unschooling where we really had nothing planned.    They floundered a bit here and there.  We played a lot of games and I heard a lot of "can I play DS?  Can I watch TV?, etc"  But I held firm and they eventually found something to do.

All in all I think it went really well though.  We're happy, settled, and calm so that's a great start. 

I know there will be times when they are bored but I do think it's good for them to be bored now and then.  Often that boredom sparks a bout of creativity.  

However I do have a few ideas on hand to offer as suggestions for them when they start to complain.  Suggestions like:

Read a bookUse a crafting kitTackle a science experiment or kitBuild something using the may different types of building blocks we havePut together a puzzlePlay with character or animal toys Go outsideColor or write a storyPlay with play dough or make some sensory doughMake a track for the cars or race R/C cars         
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They're NOT "Just playing!": 15 Quotes About the Importance of Play

"The kids aren't learning, they're just playing."

Oh, how wrong we are!

Kids learn so much by playing!

We went,to the Providence Children's Museum to meet my sister and her two boys.  We hadn't seen them in a while and the boys couldn't wait to get there.

We ended up staying and playing for 6 hours.

I loved the museum and so did the boys!

I loved all the signs they had up about the benefits of play.

Here are our photos from today with sign quotes all about play.