It was probably a decade or two ago that I said ‘wow, I’m never going to a raspberry farm again!’ At that point in my life I had no kids to unschool.
This time when we were invited out to the raspberry farm (like those places where you go pick your own and they are like 40 mins away…each way? ugh!) I was about to tell them how completely uninterested in that I was, but as my lips were forming the word ‘nah’ I thought about unschooling in a raspberry field. Sure!
Mommy was back home visiting her family members. I knew I wouldn’t be missed as they spent time reminiscing and berry picking with the kids. I was gonna stay back and take some pics of random things…but wait! Why shouldn’t those things be raspberries and things from a raspberry farm? All of a sudden it’s an unschooling adventure that would be silly to miss out on!
Off we went into the fields. The good raspberries were fairly sparse. The mosquitoes were plentiful. The five year old was having a blast. The almost three year old wanted to go back to the playground almost as soon as I did.
The toddler was looking like she wanted to leave and go back to the playground. I was hoping she wanted to leave and go back to the playground. We were on the same page, so off we went to play and wait. And play, And wait. This is what it felt like when they re-emerged from the field…and we all had a great time doing the things that interested us.
A great day, a great adventure, a great family trip, and a question at the end, “So do you take a break from homeschooling over the summer?’
I replied with, ‘we’re homeschooling right now.’
This time around it was ‘I’ll unschool them on the side’ while the family is picking berries. The kids are still a little young for it to really matter, but using this adventure as an example, in the future I might say to a family member (like in this case, a raspberry picking veteran), ‘You’re the expert here on [something], I’d love for you to talk to them about it.’ Why do you do it? Do you have any tips? They were probably going to anyway by default, but why not say it? It might spark many other areas of interest; new topics of interest.