Our Week Plan
Our first You Tube video is of us making Our Week Plan. We had so much fun making it, and it took me aaaaaages to edit and I learned SO MANY new skills. We were so excited with the end product, and happy to launch the Raising a Revolution channel with this real and practical demonstration of what we do.
On the surface, our week plan is just a list of things we’d like to do. And, maybe it is just that and that’s fine.
For me, it is multi-layered – it serves many purposes, and highlights a few different aspects of unschooling, which I thought I’d work through here.
- Tai ho. I recently learned, through reading Witi Ihimaera’s book Maori Boy, that tai ho means, “let’s all get on the same page”. I had always thought it meant, slow down, or settle down, or be quiet, so it was a nice pivot towards something positive through his translation. Our week plan is our moment of tai ho, a spring board for the week, a map of what our week might look like.
- Fairness. Everyone has a say, everyone has the opportunity to put two or three things on there, and each activity has equal weight. Joss’s needing to get chocolate was the same as Ron’s need to clean the car.
- Literacy. It’s a way of showing reading and writing as something that we need to navigate the world with ease. In his book Learning All The Time, John Holt suggests, as a way to engender a desire to learn to read, first demonstrating why it’s important. He gives the example of reading bus timetables, or movie titles, or road signs, or newspapers. Children innately want to develop the skills that adults need to navigate the world. So, writing and reading in front of them in ways such as this, that are authentic, are really important. It’s also my excuse when I’ve got my nose in a book and I’m sitting on the couch next to three loads of un-folded washing.
- Autonomy. Unschooling is sometimes referred to as self-directed learning. I understand the logic behind the term, and this kind of thing – making sure the kids can decide what things that are important to them are included in our week, is so important for autonomy. And autonomy is so important for self-esteem, a sense of self, a sense of community, a sense of responsibility. All things we’re mindful of.
- Ease. When what’s important to them is written on a huge piece of paper on our wall, it says to them that their needs are important, that we are committed to meeting them, and they can relax a bit, and life has a flow to it.
We really hope you like the video, and are maybe inspired to do something similar yourselves!! We’d love to see photos of your week plans if you do one, we might be inspired too!