Things are pretty relaxed here at the moment. Will, our eldest, did his GCSEs and has now finished school until September, so we are all on extended summer holiday mode. I felt like I had hit a bit of a wall learning-wise with J and, having thought about it, I wondered if we never really "deschooled" properly. I've also been reading more about unschooling and, whilst I know it's not completely for us (we need to retain some routine and boundaries) alot of it does make sense, so with Will at home too, it seems like a good time to just let things go a bit and see what happens. How is that going so far? Well, yes, there is rather a lot of screen watching, be that video games or tv, but even so, I can see that J is still learning. He asks me how to spell words when he is playing minecraft etc, we type little messages to each other on our tablets (and his spelling has either hugely improved or he is making great use of the predictive text function!), he still reads loads and we are trying to get out and about as much as we can. We have been swimming quite alot recently. Two years ago when we took him out of school, he was just about to start school swimming lessons, and I was dreading how that would turn out, I really wasn't sure that he would be able to cope with it. Now he is getting himself changed before and after, has learned how to put his goggles on by himself and is swimming a whole length of the pool. This may not sound that big a deal for an 11 year old, but believe me, this is a huge step for J. We have also been scuba diving together twice which was a fabulous experience! He does trampolining once a week, and next week we are going for a trial sailing session. And of course, we are out with Rufus lots too! Speaking of which...
here is the handsome fella, all fluffy from a bath and waiting for the groomer to arrive. And here he is looking very smart after his haircut!
He's such a cutie!