This video and post was inspired by a friend who was asking for my advice about homeschooling. It got me talking about what I do with unschooling and the fun I have putting together unschooling “lessons” as it were. Many times I will take a book my girls enjoy and come up with activities to go with it.
I don’t hesitate to say that this actually comes easy to me, and it is something that I enjoy. I know that not everybody feels comfortable to be able to do this. And that is totally OK! This is why I love putting these ideas together.
These are 3 of our favorite books. It was fun to put together these activities for you.
To make it easier for you to have access to these activities, I have made Mini Pocket Packs for you to download for free. You can get them from the Learning Store.
Possum Magic by Mem Fox
This book came out when I was in first grade. It has been a favorite since then. My girls love it too. We even have made it a tradition to have a Vegemite sandwich, a piece of pavlova and half a lamington on the girls’ birthday.
Here are some ideas after reading the book:
- Learn about Marsupials
- Make a pavlova
- Taste a Vegemite sandwich
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
My girls adore the Dinosaur books. I think we have several memorized by now as we have read them so often. The illustrations are fantastic, and with the names, it provides a great way to go and research different dinosaurs.
After reading the book, you can:
- Make dinosaur feet (see this video on how to make them)
- Make a dinosaur hand craft
- Learn about different dinosaurs
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
I learned to read on Winnie-the-Pooh and it is another much beloved book. There is something to special about this chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. Don’t forget to watch the original Winnie-the-Pooh movie (Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day, 1968) when you have finished reading the book. This is something we enjoy doing – watching a movie based on a book we read and then discussing it, including the differences.
When you have finished reading this amazing book, you can:
- Make honeycomb slime
- Make honeycomb candy
- Write a story about your favorite stuffed toy
- Play Pooh Sticks
These are some simple and easy unschooling lessons you can do. These books are readily available and are such a delight to read.
Don’t forget to download your free Mini Pocket Packs of these books.