Friday, September 16, 2011

Noah's path

Erin and Sophie look like the ones making the big moves this year, but Noah is on a new path of his own that represents at least as big a shift.

He stopped computer-gaming. He went through a phase early in the summer of watching movies (dozens of them -- classics from the past five decades or so). And then that tapered off and he started writing. In on-line discussion forums devoted to Big Ideas (and some small ones too). To friends far and wide via immensely verbose chats. And on a blog somewhere in his own private corner of the webiverse.

He matter-of-factly decided, sometime over the course of the summer, that he was ready to go to school part-time. Maybe a course or two. Maybe a bit more. And he'd like some new clothes, a few of them, that actually fit and looked nice. And a haircut, please.

He started practicing his viola. A lot. He was suddenly in love with the entire Schubert Arpgeggione Sonata and the Rapsodie from the Bloch Suite Hébraique. His playing started to really soar.

And so it goes. We're now two weeks into the school year. He's at school a little more than half-time, taking Social Studies (i.e. Canadian History), English, Math and Writing. He seems to be opting for the high school diploma route and is well-situated, being a couple of credits "ahead" based on the work he did through the DL program last year. As a home-based learner he'll also be earning credits this year in Choral Music, Science, Digital Media, PE and possibly also Physics. He's going to be busy with Summit Strings, a number of gigs with the Symphony of the Kootenays, and of course the Corazón Vocal Ensemble.

And the travel! He's not only willing, but almost enthusiastic about travelling away from home and family. September includes a week-long cross-curricular out-trip through the BC interior and Alberta. October is a three-day trip to Banff for WordFest with his writing class. November he'll be off to Edmonton for a Youth Choir Festival. March will likely see him travelling to Montreal to visit Erin. At the end of April he'll be going to Cuba with Corazón for ten days of performing, workshopping and touring about.

He seems really happy and energized. I'm so happy for him!


  1. wow. I'm shaking my head and chuckling to myself...I can't believe the first line of the paragraph...about Noah stopping computer gaming. Thanks to Noah for allowing us watch a little of his unfolding path.

  2. I agree with the above comment that I'm glad Noah is allowing us to see what he is doing also. I really enjoy reading stories about your kids' lives and choices. I see that you allowed Noah the freedom to explore his passion for gaming and also to see how he has discovered additional interests and has self-regulated on the gaming. Originally, I found your blog by looking for Suzuki resources, but it led me to MDC and the unschooling folks there and to other unschooling blogs. Somewhere along the way, I discovered my own passion for freedom in learning, and now I am recording our own unschooling journey. I know my own kids will have their own wonderful journeys to take, but I sure enjoy reading about your young people. You have a lot to be proud of in these kids of yours! Thank you for being willing to share a bit of your lives with us.


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