Tired Unschooling?

I posted a question at the 4 Real Learning Forum and at the Unschooling Catholics email list.

At the moment, I am tired. I just want to do what I have to do, all my work stuff and so on, maybe make sure the kids and I do some maths and then just PLAY. Let the kids do whatever, amidst all our busy lives and activities. I don’t want to think about read alouds or strewing or an enriching environment – the few times we are home I just want to hang if and when possible. So, can I still be an effective unschooler if we don’t do anything exciting? Apart from our busy social life that is! Does an unschool have to look very enriching and exciting? Or can there be just lots of hang out time?

I got some great replies…and I thought about my question myself..

It occurred to me that I am coming down with a cold and sore throat so that is probably also the cause of my unschooling malaise. Duh!
But I also realise that this is just the ebb and flow of life, especially unschooling life where one tends to go a little more with the flow.
And our life is pretty busy and we do a lot of group things so it is not as though the kids are missing out – it is more that I was feeling like doing less big projects with them. And I’m not going to for awhile!
I’m also taking my own advice from this thread… promoting peace in your home…..
How does one be an effective unschooling parent? This post at Joyfully Rejoycing points out that one doesn’t have to plan projects but that one must interact with the kids…
[Unschooling is] not about letting my children run wild and do what they want. It’s not about shirking my responsibility, but it’s about embracing it. It’s about spending actual time with my children, about getting to know them like I would a friend or someone I was dating.
And there is a list of behaviours/ideas/activities to guide, to show the role of the unschooling parent. Check out the link above! My favourites right now are ~
Find ways to include the child in my own daily life – live a more”open-book’ life than the norm.
Live a family life that is rich with experiences of a variety of kinds both at home and outside the home.
If you want to know more about unschooling and Catholics join the Unschooling Catholics list, read the blogs in the sidebar from Nearcircle ( which is finally working again) or read about St John Bosco and his preventative method of education..
Happy feast of St Ignatius of Loyola!

Hair Today/St Ignatius of Loyola Tomorrow

Still not sure of my haircut – this is how it looked today, on a very busy day…Up early, workout, tidy up, leave early with the kids to go to my Kumon centre then the hour plus drive in peak hour traffic on the M2 to Kumon head office. I was in meetings all day – with some not very nice sushi for lunch! The kids went to the library, Borders, Games Workshop, bought some new jumpers, saw a Chinese movie with Jackie Chan, had lunch out…As Anthony said to some one,”When mum is at work we spend the money she makes!” lol! A truly fun school day for them. But, frak, no religion reading two Wednesdays in a row. Guilt. Winner of Bad Catholic homeschooling mum award..:-)

Home to deliver junk mail in the dusk, then dh came home from Newcastle – he’s been away for work. A friend’s son came over and I helped him with his uni assignments so it was pizza for dinner, with Get Smart, Battlestar Galactica, reading about St Ignatius of Loyola and reading from Acts about St Paul, for the year of St Paul. And catching up with my homeschool log.

Have printed out the Litany of St Ignatius, his prayer of surrender and prayer for generosity for tomorrow, his Feast Day, from the Catholic Culture website. And read about a Book of Jesuit Breadmaking – maybe we can make some bread tomorrow? I don’t know, I’m pretty tired and have a sore throat yet have another busy day ahead, then a Homeschool Teen Group Make Your Own Pizzas at our house on Friday, after First Friday morning Mass…But baking bread is fun!


New hair

I went for a short cut and a darker colour…Not sure if I like it but, hey, my hair grows fast and colour easily grows out/washes out…Dh likes short hair and thin women……And everyone needs a change now and then…

BTW, the nearcircle widget for Unschooling Catholcis is not working. I’ve tried everything I can think of, including contacting nearcircle, with no luck. All our members can’t get updates on blogs and live feeds. If you have any tips, let me know….

Looking Through Gary Gilmore’s Eyes

The eye receives the messages and sends it to the brain

No guarantee the stimuli must be perceived the same

When looking through Gary Gilmore’s eyes

Looking through Gary Gilmore’s eyes

Looking through Gary Gilmore’s eyes

Looking through Gary Gilmore’s eyes

The Adverts. A cool song.

And I have felt, recently, that I have been looking through Gary Gilmore’s eyes. Not literally. Not really Gary Gilmore. But looking at myself through the eyes of another.

Sometimes, the way one perceives oneself is different to the way others perceive you.

A recent comment brought this home to me. Am I really like that? Like the comment made by another?

Possibly. Probably?

It is good to look at oneself, to think about how one acts and speaks and how this looks to others.

Too much introspection can be a bad thing, a melancholy thing, a self centred approach to life. But to question oneself, to look at behaviour and if and how and why one should change, well, that is good. It is necessary. An examination of self.

I am thankful for comments that make me look at myself through the eyes of others. Even if, at first, the comments seem to sting.

A little bit of a sting never hurt anyone!
Don’t I look fracky above? On my way to workout. A candid pic, to match being candid with myself re who I am and how I act…lol!
“What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism.”G.K. Chesterton

Friday’s Outing

Wow – we found a French Fry vending machine. Never heard of one before. So, we didn’t really need any french fries but we definitely needed to use this nifty machine. You put in your five dollars, and in 90 seconds ( well, ours took 105 seconds!) – out comes a condiment box and a cup of hot french fries. How exciting!

Our biggest memory of the Sydney Acquarium and Sydney Wildlife Park.


A dinner guest

A visiting priest from Kenya. It was really interesting to hear about life in Kenya, about the differences between Kenya and Australia. We looked up maps..We discussed church history..And we were amazed to find that only one out of every twenty Kenyan families would have a TV!

Like our other recent guests, the ones from Hungary and Romania and Italy, the Kenyan Fr. hadn’t heard of Dr Who. Deprived!

Thomas and Anthony are writing mini reports today, on a country of choice from the list of our visitng pilgrims – Italy, Hungary, Romania, Kenya.