Sunday, April 19, 2009

An Alien Alphabet

This evening, Joran wanted to play with letters. We have these beautiful Eric Carle ABC cards. I love playing with them, too.

Joran brought the cards out to us and started telling Jasmijn that the animals were aliens. Sometimes, Jasmijn would say (with my voice) "Oh, that one looks like a monkey." Joran would reply, "No, no, no. It's an alien." And then he would explain that you could tell what kind of alien it was by looking on the other side. "See the letter M, now you know this is a Malien alien." And on and on they went. Joran got an especially big belly laugh out of the sound O made with alien. I thought it sounded like an alien call: Ooh alien?

I love unschooling! We get to play with letters whenever we want to and take our imaginations to the outer reaches of the Universe!

Math? I make homemade juice popsicles. Joran had just finished two the other day when he asked, "Mom, can I have 2 more popsicles? I already had 2, so that makes 4." I was doing a little dance in the kitchen, because it's so exciting to watch my child learn naturally!

May The Force be with you,
Jolene =)


  1. I come via AlwaysUnschooled. Welcome to the wonderful world of unschooling!

  2. Well, thank you! However, I've been unschooling for 4 years, so I don't know if that still qualifies me as new. =)

  3. Dear Jorene, if you think your boy is clever, you should know that he is even more clever than what you see. What you describe is very common and natural for his age, in fact at 4 y.o a child is already able to understand and use additions, substractions, multiplications and divisions by himself without effort. And he can even read... only with a good pedagogy.