Friday, October 19, 2012

Letting Go: Oregon Trail


As part of my Letting Go journey, I want to chronicle some of the ways this is working for us.  To do that, I'm going to turn this into a series.  Mostly photos, but sometimes with a bit of description.  This week, I want to show how it can work with a particular theme or topic.  A couple of weeks ago, we read about the Oregon Trail and the westward expansion of the U.S.  Now, I could have gone all controlly and turned this into a preplanned unit complete with crafts and extension activities, but I didn't.  We read a bit.  We talked about things we could do, things my oldest would like to do, and my oldest has been playing the Oregon Trail game app on my nook.  Then, without prompting, they played.  Because that's what kids do.  They process information through play.

The covered wagon.  Packed for the Journey.
 
Of course, you need an ox.

I'm pretty sure they get it.

8 comments:

  1. Process through play! Yes!

    I see that in my own kids too. So why do I feel like I need to rub Formal School all over everything and ruin it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I get that urge too. But it implies "smearing." Smearing is never good. Unless it involves butter. Formal School is so not butter.

      Remind me of that later.

      Delete
  2. Yes. See, in school, they give them tests and assessments to see if they understand the material. Whereas I can *see* that my kids get it simply by observing their play--and while playing, of course, they are getting it even more. My two younger ones re-enacted the (Ancient Egyptian) soul's journey in the afterlife through the 12 gates the other day. So...yeah. Who needs tests? :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Exactly. I mean, I taught in classrooms, so I understand the need for some sort of assessment there, but we have the luxury of one-on-one time with our kids. The only area we still quiz is spelling, simply because I'm very hands-off with that. She does most of it on her own by playing games on spellingcity.com, and she hands me her quiz at the end of the week. I'd rather devote my time and energy to other areas.

      Delete
  3. LOVE IT! Thanks for the reminder that I needed so desperately this morning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Kim! I write these as a reminder to myself, too. :)

      Delete

Thanks for visiting my site! I love hearing from readers, and I do my best to answer all questions here in the comments section. Thanks for reading and commenting!