07 July 2014

Interview with the Grands

Both of my grands live in the rain forest of Trinidad and are schooled at home using an approach called Unschooling, an interest based (rather than curriculum based) learning. I thought it would be fun to ask them about their lives to see how this approach is working for them. I was impressed at how thoughtfully they answered my questions.


Kahlil, age 11

G. Kahlil, tell me about this photo- why are you dressed up?
K. My mother had a leveling- up party for me when I reached level 55 in Heroes of Order and Chaos, an online game. I was happy to get to that level (now I'm at 63) but sad I only have 7 levels left in the game. This is the outfit I wore for the party. I like the fedora and the purple shirt and tie and think I look awesome in them.

G. You're schooled at home, how do you like that?
K. I like it, especially getting to do the things I'm interested in and enjoy doing rather than what someone else thinks I should be doing.

G. What interests you most these days?
K. Online gaming. My favorite right now is Heroes of Order and Chaos Online. I like it because it's a strategy game and is played with other players all over the world. I get to choose my character and the type of characteristics it has. It lets me do anything, like riding a horse or swordplay. When I'm in a game, lots of types of characters are needed to work cooperatively to achieve levels. I have many friends and I like playing with them. Someday I'd like to design and test games.

G. Tell me about your new business.
K. I'm a Business Manager and represent two businesses so far. My sister has a baking business called Smiles Bakery and my friend has a tie dye business called Color Splash. It's still in the development phase so I've set up a Facebook Page to describe the two businesses and will then develop a website for both of them. I'll help them with the business end of things, like ordering, supplies and money in and out. I'll get a percentage of what they make but we haven't decided how much.

G. What makes you proud of yourself?
K. 1. What I've accomplished in games, the levels I've reached, the characters I've chosen, the friends I've made and the fun I've had.
     2. Helping my sister and my friend in their new businesses.
     3. That I play well with little kids. I like them and they're fun.
     4. That my friends where I live like to come to my house to play.

G. Any last words to my readers?
K. I like to play online games and I know other kids do, too. Tell them to find me and I'll play with them.



Kamala, age 8



G. What do you enjoy doing these days?
K. My favorites things are baking and painting. I like baking because I can try out different things and create things, like when I made a cream cheese and orange frosting for chocolate cupcakes it came out more like a glaze or when I didn't have chocolate chips for cookies, I used cacao nibs in my cookies and people liked them better. I go to You Tube to find new things to make and how to make them.
I like painting because I can do anything and it looks good.

G. Any other interests?
K. Yes, fashion and design. I like to find clothes that look good on me. I look for reasonable prices and something a little extra, like the long necklace that came on my new dress. I also design clothes myself on paper with stencils and colored pencils.

G. What do you like about being schooled at home?
K. I like having lots of free time to do the things I like. I use some work books to learn things but I also Skype you and my friends and do all the other things I'm interested in.

G. Tell me about your new business.
K. It's called Smiles Bakery and I make cupcakes and cookies that people order. I've already had two orders. I made a business card that has a photo of one of my cupcakes and the way to contact me. Mommy got them printed for me but they were my idea.
I like that people can enjoy what I make and that I make money. I'm saving to buy a yogurt machine. I'm thinking about setting up a store front and putting up a sign to sell cupcakes and cookies to hikers and friends.

G. What makes you proud of yourself?
K. Being here right now. Having friends and family to talk to and tell them how I feel. Owning my own business. And my talents, like singing, baking, painting and writing. I'm learning how to write cursive and to spell.

G. Anything else you'd like to say to my readers?
K. I live in nature but I can still pull off a cupcake!

14 comments:

  1. What wonderful people they are! I can see why you are so proud of them, Mary. I wish I could have learned the way they are. I think I still would have loved language and writing, but who knows? :-)

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    1. Makes you wonder, doesn't it? What if our learning was self directed?

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  2. Ha, your grandson would get along with mine. He is into that online gaming too. But often I wonder how positive it is, as I think kids need to go OUT and play more as we did in the 'good old days.'

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    1. Seems like each generation has something that makes grandparents shake their heads. I've been listening to a number of TED talks on the advantages of playing online games- very interesting.

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  3. Your grandkids are thriving with their schooling or unschooling, I can see. It is nice that they act upon their interests.

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    1. They're happy kids and that says a lot.

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  4. Very accomplished and interesting children.

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    1. I love having conversations with them and spending time with them.

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  5. "K. I live in nature but I can still pull off a cupcake! "

    oh that last statement, by your dear little grand daughter!!!!!! i could just hug her!!!!

    gentle hugs,
    tessa~

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    1. She cracked me up when she came out with that one! It's an exact quote.

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  6. ha. this is so cool...i bet they had fun being interviewed....how ambitious as well with the businesses...that is so cool to see kids taking the initiative like that...online gamin is huge these days and colleges are starting to offer majors...the local college here has a business degree in online gamin actually....which is pretty cool...and your young man might want to look into that since both seem to be in his niche

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    1. I didn't know of this as a major but it makes sense. I'll let my grandson know and I thank you for your response, Brian.

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  7. What delightful, thoughtful, intelligent kids they are (and their momma, too!)

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    1. I agree with you, but than again, I'm their grandmother!

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