So the girls are heading into first grade this year and Aba is really getting into the "they aren't LEARNING anything!" panic that occasionally strikes him. I make no secret of my unschooling tendencies and spend a lot of time rehashing the philosophy with him. He does understand and agrees with a lot of it, but when he sees them hanging around and playing all day he gets a bee in his bonnet.
What's an unschooling ima do? She makes a list of educational goals for her girls. With a twist. I asked each of them what they wanted to learn about.
Thing 1: I want to learn karate and swim.
Thing 2: I want to speak Hebrew but not with a boy teacher, ride a bike, learn about frogs so we can get one.
Thing 3: play the piano, read, knit my own hat, tell time so I can get a watch.
Admittedly, these aren't the types of things Aba would like them to learn, but they were really involved in timing their races when I asked. Looking at what they are interested in now and asking me to help them with, reading, writing, adding up their money, telling time, swimming, and Hebrew are all things they are interested in. They also want Aba to teach them parasha more often.
So we have our educational goals for the coming year.
Now to teach them without getting bogged down in "school at home" syndrome.