Unschooling: Our August 2014 adventures

This edition of our “unschooling roundup” has a theme: Animals. Also nerdiness. Oh, wait. That’s all our unschooling. Never mind!

We went to Pittsburgh, and Sarah geeked out over the stadiums along the river.

We went to Pittsburgh, and Sarah geeked out over the stadiums along the river.

(If this is your first time catching our month-in-review posts, welcome! Check out last month’s for a little bit of background on why we’re taking this approach to documenting some of our learning adventures.)

One of our August highlights: Sarah got blue, light blue and emerald green hair with white-blonde spikes in the back!

One of our August highlights: Sarah got blue, light blue and emerald green hair with white-blonde spikes in the back!

Books

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The actual reason we Pittsburgh'ed: to meet Levar Burton and get his autograph.

The actual reason we Pittsburgh’ed: to meet Levar Burton and get his autograph.

Movies and TV

At Steel City Con in Pittsburgh, we met these cool people cosplaying as Scully and Mulder from the X-Files, which was awesome since we'd just seen the X-Files : Fight the Future movie.

At Steel City Con in Pittsburgh, we met these cool people cosplaying as Scully and Mulder from the X-Files, which was awesome since we’d just seen the X-Files : Fight the Future movie.

Video games

Videos

What, you don’t randomly quote your two dozen favorite Monty Python sketches and make your friends watch them? Sure you do. Also, goats. And the new World of Warcraft expansion, which Sarah is anxiously awaiting.

Places and projects

  • Feathered Sanctuary Exotic Bird Rescue – This was a fun day trip!
  • Sarah has a Rubik’s Cube that we’ve been TRYING to follow the instructions to get “finished.” Hasn’t happened yet. It’s an undertaking.
  • York County 4-H Fair
  • Steel City Con, where Sarah got Levar Burton’s autograph, and after which we hung out at Point State Park in Pittsburgh, where we took our not-back-to-school pictures
  • Mini golfing at Lost Treasure in Lancaster and bowling
  • 4-H alpaca club show
  • Dirt-track racing and demolition derby at Susquehanna Speedway Park
  • YorkFest (where I did a reading as a literary award winner, and Sarah’s abstract painting won first place for 14- to 18-year-old art!)
Sarah won first place for art by 14- to 18-year-olds at Yorkfest, our annual regional art show. That's her painting at left!

Sarah won first place for art by 14- to 18-year-olds at Yorkfest, our annual regional art show. That’s her painting at left!

Odds and ends of stuff we’ve talked about/read/geeked out over

So what’s new with your family this month? Drop me a comment! I love hearing from all my “blog friends!”

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