Building A Periscope With Cardboard

I think I can build a career making cardboard toys. Every time my daughter has an “idea” for a toy, I have get ready to build something out of cardboard. After the doll house, disk drop game and rolling ball machine, the latest idea from my daughter was to build a periscope. She probably saw some youtube video of some one building it. The idea was to make a hollow rectangular cylinder and attach two small mirrors on the ends at 45 degrees. We bought some mirror toys from the local stores for this purpose. Then removed two mirrors out … Continue reading “Building A Periscope With Cardboard”

Some Useful Educational Resources

In the most recently concluded Virtual Meet-up, there was a lot of discussion about children’s education. My colleague and a reader of my blog Naveen B shared a bunch of useful resources. I thought it will help other readers as well so here they are https://www.learningkeepsgoing.org/parents https://wideopenschool.org/programs/family/PreK-5/ https://teachfromanywhere.google/intl/en/ https://learnathome.withyoutube.com/ https://artsandculture.google.com/project/family-fun https://www.youtube.com/c/MysteryDoug https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXVCgDuD_QCkI7gTKU7-tpg https://www.tynker.com/ https://www.udemy.com/course/teach-your-kids-to-code/ https://www.udemy.com/course/programming-for-kids/ https://mindspark.in/ https://www.withprimer.com/ The only resource I have used so far with my daughter is https://scratch.mit.edu/ Thank you Naveen! If anyone else have other useful links, please share with me and I will update this page.

How Do Unschooled Children Learn?

The question that we often get asked when someone learns that we are unschooling is “How does your kid learn?”. You see, in the case of home schooling there is at least a curriculum and everyone expects some teaching. They intuitively understand that home schooling means teaching subjects like Math, Science etc. What craziness is this unschooling where the kid is completely left to learn on their own? Of course home schooling and unschooling have some things in common. And home schooling does not necessarily imply following a strict curriculum and time table. But most people do follow some syllabus … Continue reading “How Do Unschooled Children Learn?”

Rolling Ball Machine Construction

After building a doll house and disk drop board, my daughter had another idea for a cardboard project. This time she wanted to build a rolling ball machine. Again, as usual, I comply. I had no idea of what she had in mind. So I asked her to do a drawing and explain how the machine is supposed to work. She drew a spiral on paper, cut it out along the pencil drawing. Then, pointing at the dangling spiral, she said “that is what I want”. She explained to me that the balls will roll from the top and spiral … Continue reading “Rolling Ball Machine Construction”

Higher Education for Homeschooled Kids

Friends, family, and readers of my blog alike have all asked us this question — what about your kid’s higher education? Interestingly, given the COVID situation, several people have suddenly started showing interest in home schooling. More people have asked us about our experience or advice than before COVID. I am glad that more people are now interested in the topic. While unschooling or homeschooling sounds like a nice idea, there are so many questions in one’s mind. One among them is about going back to traditional school/college or university if and when the kid chooses. But before going too … Continue reading “Higher Education for Homeschooled Kids”

Building A Disk Drop Game Board

In one of my previous posts, I was left wondering if toys have a place in unschooling. The argument was that the toys help develop creativity in the kid. On the other hand, why should we buy any toys if the kid is creative? They can build their own toys with nature. Well, I got a mild taste of the latter when my daughter proposed and help build a disk drop game board. For those unaware of a disk drop game, here is a picture of it. The interesting part is that she has never seen the game as a … Continue reading “Building A Disk Drop Game Board”

Should You Save For Kids Higher Education

You know my stance on saving for kid’s education. Those who have read my blog or know me, understand that we are unschooling our kid. Most already know that I retired early. I guess early retirement and unschooled kid is probably not a common combination? Or may be it is just my feeling. Because, in this combination, one rarely plans to setup a corpus for kid’s higher education. And yet many people ask why I haven’t set aside a corpus for the kid. Either way, many have raised the questions about what I intend to do financially if the kid … Continue reading “Should You Save For Kids Higher Education”

Do Kids Need Toys and Books in Unschooling

While unschooling is already the extreme end of the spectrum, it is not a thin line. There is a lot of variance. What seems like unschooling for one may still feel like home schooling for another. So it’s all relative. How deep you want to go is all up to you. Consider this for example, some unschooling parents find any kind of books or toys to be a hindrance to creativity and learning. They prefer a fertile playground for children that is devoid of any man-made objects so children can learn the natural way. They prefer nature with trees and … Continue reading “Do Kids Need Toys and Books in Unschooling”

Is Unschooling for Everyone?

While we jumped ship and joined the unschooling camp, it may not be for everyone. Just like how early retirement is not applicable to everyone, so too is homeschooling or unschooling. While we still consider that we are at the early stage of our unschooling journey (although we have been unschooling for a couple of years now), I can already see a few “disadvantages” and “risks”. I had to put those words in quotes because we don’t see it as a disadvantage, or risk, but for some others it looks that way. Unschoolers may be slow learners One of the … Continue reading “Is Unschooling for Everyone?”

How we went from Homeschooling to Unschooling?

I already talked about why we unschool our kid. And you also know that we did not start out that way. Like most parents, we started out with the idea of homeschooling and then eventually we are turning more and more into unschooling parents. The reasons are quite complex and we ourselves probably don’t know the true story because it happened ever so slowly and we still are in the process of unschooling. Still learning that many things we are doing are not really unschooling, but a mix of home and unschooling. Seems like this unschooling things is more of … Continue reading “How we went from Homeschooling to Unschooling?”