Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bored or "Unbored", That is the Question.

If you have ever heard the phrase, "I'm bored!", then have I got a book for you. This book has something for everyone. Yes, for everyone. No matter whether you home school, unschool or school traditionally, this book has ideas for you. "What book?", you say. Well, let me tell you. It is the book, Unbored: the Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen, which was released in October, 2012.

As I read through the first few chapters I thought, "This sound a lot like what we did!" Many of the games, activities and science project were a part of our home school days. But there is sooo much more! Yes, I am using a lot of exclamation points, but I was really! excited! about this book! Ok, enough of that.

Let me tell you a little of why.Because it IS the essential guide. If I had had this years ago, any time my kids would have said they were bored, I would have pulled this out and found something that would have interested them. From the Ninja games and exploding things for my more aggressive children, to lists of books for my readers, to quiet games, to science experiments, to encouraging studies of art and architecture, there is a wealth of information to enrich your and your children's lives.

Want to  learn some circus tricks? How about making backyard forts or shelters? Would you like to know the secret history of condiments? You can find out in this book. Have I captured your interest yet? Well maybe you want to be a writer. You can read an interview, learn how to keep a journal and do a writing exercise. Or maybe you want to learn about mapping and navigation. Then you could make an orienteering course and have your friends try it out. The possibilities are endless!

Even though my kids are grown and I am done homeschooling, there are still ideas and activities in Unbored that we can  use, like planning a Staycation or learn about Cryptozoology. Watch some of the "Best Ever Car-free Movies". I encourage you to get a copy of this book, from your local brick and mortar, of course. You will never be bored again!

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