Unschooling

[Creativity] Child’s initiative for problem-solving

One of the reasons I like homeschooling is the amount of time, space and freedom the child gets to solve his own problem creatively. Being given a problem to solve (often happening in traditional schools) is different from facing your own problem and trying to overcome it. The sense of ownership and motivation are much …

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[Adversity] Making the best of a holiday that went wrong

We left for a family vacation to Bangkok, all excited to explore the city. On the first day, 7yo Vee complained on earache and headache while we were at Chatuchak market. He was one huge grumpy fellow. In the evening, we discovered he’d a high fever and immediately stocked up on a thermometer, masks and …

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[Math] Solving real math problems again

The kids’ favourite festival, Lunar New Year, is approaching real soon and they’re getting crazy over lion dance, dragon dance and drums again. When a child is motivated to figure out something that matters to him, he’d be hungry to learn. No need for any worksheets, assessment books or tests. We happened to be at …

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[Math] Solving REAL math problems

Since attending Primary 1, Vee has little time for home practice. Nevertheless, learning takes place anytime anywhere, so here’s how he got to solve 3 real math problems yesterday: 1. Me (on the way home): “How much water did you drink today?” Vee: “2 and a half bottles!” Me: “Wow, let’s find out how much …

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