Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Wood Carver.
The latest in unschooling is Jonah craving his own magic wand from a local rhododendron tree. We picked in at night at the New Moon. (We had a bit of a poison sumac scare... but that's a story for another time...)
Since then, the family wood carver has been working on his wand.
He doesn't spend an enormous amount of time on it each day - just a few minutes here and there in between Minecraft, Wizard 101, science workbooks, spy missions around the neighborhood, building with LEGOs, and lounging in the $30 baby pool from Walmart that currently lives in our backyard - but he does spend time on it each day.
He even had his very first wood carving injury yesterday on his thumb.
I admit... we were both kinda proud.
He refused a band-aid and showed it off to his sister, friends, and dad.
Battle scars for the warrior.
Sometimes I worry that unschooling isn't "working". And then I think... what does that even mean?
My kid is carving a magic wand out of a tree branch we harvested at the New Moon.
So...carving, moon cycles, fantasy, tree identification... that's science, life skills, literature...
There's been a lot of Joy.