Unschooling

We’re not sending Grace to preschool this year, even though we’ve been asked more and more recently. I want another year with her home, and the whole not-potty-trained yet thing is another factor. I did acquire some little preschoolish workbooks and activity ideas that I plan on using with her over the next year though. She loves doing little projects and needs a bit more structure. Plus, she seems to behave a bit better if I give her some undivided attention for awhile, so during a lot of Sophie’s morning naps, I suppose that is what we’ll be doing.

You know that thing where you read a children’s book together, then do an activity or have a snack that goes with it? Like, you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then eat a bunch of fruit or leaves or whatever that worm eats? Well, I always thought that it would be a cute idea, but usually don’t plan very far ahead, so it never happens. And then, Grace received a book for her birthday that I knew I could make work.
51pYgL4H-qL._SY300_So, we read the book (we love the Pigeon books here!) and got to work. I used Phoebe Buffay’s grandmother’s recipe (from the French Nestlé Toulouse), only I left nuts out of half of them. Grace was thrilled to assist, except when I used the mixer, when she promptly ran to the safety of the living room because she is a weenie who is afraid of appliances that make noise.

She does, however, enjoy the benefits of the mixer once it’s unplugged:
IMG_0073Grace loved the little baking chemistry lesson, and was excited to eat her cookie sans nuts like the duckling in the story. I was happy to satisfy my craving for a really good chocolate chip cookie. Tonight’s schedule? A physics lesson in the form of Lego building and destruction. In the meantime, I’m doing my best not to eat these all in one sitting. Wish me luck.
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8 Responses to "Unschooling"

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  1. Margaret Weber

    August 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I’ll try to be on the look out for books that will fit this idea.

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  2. ellenjohnson824500384

    August 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    And just think! You can do the SAME THING with If You Give A Mouse A Cookie!

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    • Francine Weber

      August 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Ellen, I like how you think!

  3. Lisa

    August 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Haha, I love that episode. There is nothing like homemade chocolate chip cookies!

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    • Francine Weber

      August 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

      So true! I need to bake more!

  4. Nichole

    August 23, 2013 at 1:31 am

    We’re trying something similar with Max this year. It’ll be an adventure! Let us know how everything is going, please! I’m sure I’ll need some inspiration, and I’m totally going to steal that cookie idea. 🙂

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    • Francine Weber

      August 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Sure! It will be fun to share ideas! I did find a couple of reusable workbook things in the Target dollar bins for practicing letters and numbers that we’re slooooowly starting to go through.

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