Welcome to my life. It's a whirlwind of kids, chaos, pets, people, family, art, and being home (most of the time; I like to get out here and there). We unschool, so the unexpected is, well, expected...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

How you learn when you do things you love

Chamille spends a lot of time at the computer. She's writing a story on quizilla. I don't know why she wants that format, but it's what she is doing. She wants to write a Naruto story and has loads of ideas that she's been collecting.

Last night she was showing me all the Naruto stories on quizilla. She's been reading them all and doing character analysis, specifically how the characters are typically portrayed in the existing stories. While she's doing this, she has several browsers open to check on other things too. She went to wikipedia to see a list of every character that exists in Naruto and was checking on who they were, if she didn't know already, and how they fit in the story and all of the other statistics on them.

It is pure and simple research. The kind of research one does for writing. It involves plots, character analysis, story line, and all that good stuff that people do when they are really writing and researching. She is doing it for her own real reasons because she is interested in it and wants to write a really good story.

Loads of kids in school will be doing similar stuff right now, on boring things that don't really interest them, because they have to, to get a decent grade. Chamille isn't going to be graded on her story. It's merits will be in the story itself and wether or not others enjoy it too.

Naysayers of unschooling may wonder about math and reading and writing and thinking it must be forced or kids won't learn it. Here, no one is forced and yet it happens all the same. She learned to read, she learned to write, and spell, all of her own accord without being forced or coersed. Now she is doing intense research and writing composition, using grammar, and proper sentence structure to write a story, without being forced. She's happy and content to do this all day long. Math happens too, but that isn't what this post is about.

Chamille can take as long as she wants to write her story, there isn't a deadline. It can be as open ended as she wants it to be. She could finish it tomorrow, or never, and still she will have learned a great deal that will take her to whatever she decides to do next.

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