Patty Sprenger is a parent taking the plunge and joining the wave! Follow her journey over the next year and see where it leads.  She has two kids ages 11 and 13 and lives north of Chicago. If you live in the area and would like to connect with Patty, contact us here at Light Way Schools. 

"Evanesco" Harry Potter

December 20, 2015

Blog #27 “Evanesco” Harry Potter

November 21, 2014



I have been reading the Harry Potter series out loud to my kids for the past 2.5 years. One book at a time, one word after the other. Well we finished the entire series earlier this month. We were so excited to finish that we read the last 100 pages in two day. We were also motivated because they just re-released the movies out in our local movie theater, showing one a week starting in October. They kids were thrilled because I didn’t let them watch the movies until after we read the books, and now they get to see it for the first time on the big screen. We did go see #7 part one last Wednesday, and this week was very last one. Matthew and Arianna were dressed up like Gryffindor students when I got home from work (at noon for a 7pm movie), excitement spilling out of them in a way I only see at holidays.  

We walked into the movie theater to be greeted by other fanatics, yelling out Gryffindor in the sorting hat’s voice, upon seeing my kids. Instant bonding with complete strangers. What a beautiful experience to have--connecting to others through a common interest, even if for two hours. Joyful.

As we left the theater, the energy changed. It was the final moment for us. The very final moment in our Harry Potter journey. Matthew just could not believe it was over. He was desperately trying to convince anyone that they will have to make another movie. One with Harry’s children being the stars. Anything to prolong that final closure. We did do a lot of compare/contrast of book versus movie on the drive home, but I think the real lessons were how much little moments of reading together mean so much, connecting with other through a common passion feels amazing, and finales are always hard (especially if they have been anticipated for years). Love the way Harry became part of our family, and thankful for the lessons learned from him. Oh, and the extensive vocabulary was a great bonus.

 

Sometimes We Fail

December 20, 2015

Blog #26 sometimes we fail

November 17, 2014



One of the hardest things about being an unschool mom is watching your kids fail. It’s probably the hardest thing for all moms, but when you are home with them all day, you need to let them fail. Somehow our American parenting style as come so full circle that it just doesn’t allow kids to feel uncomfortable, let alone, fail. It is a ridiculous notion that we as parents can prevent all heartache from our children by never letting them feel lik...


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Flying High

December 20, 2015

Blog #25 flying high

November 14, 2014



This afternoon we went downtown to The New York Flying Trapeze School in Chicago. Flying trapeze is an activity that combines athleticism, art, and adrenaline. It also takes a certain personality to climb 64 feet into the air, trust the spotter at the top to hold you as you stand like the Leaning Tower of Piza over a 3x2 platform above the ground to grab a swinging bar, and jump at the words “hup,” that sends you soaring into the air. Well, two of us ...


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Fiber and Fabric Show

December 20, 2015

Blog #24 fiber and fabric show

November 10, 2014


We ventured to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for their annual Fiber and Fabric Art show.  This was a huge show displaying many artisans works from quilts to clothes, to baskets and masks. The colors and textures are so inviting to the senses, they call you to look at them deeper, and pull you to touch them. I am always amazed by what people can do with needles and yarn. I can’t even sew in a straight line! Arianna did want to make matching ap...


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Drum Circle Rocked Our World!

December 20, 2015

Blog #23  drum circle rocked our world

November 10, 2014



This weekend I was part of a Funfair with Circus and Arts event. The event was open to the public, and including acrobatics, german wheel, juggling, unicycles, art, woodworking, GyroKinesis and African Drums. It was a busy night in the gym, but my little tribe kept flocking back to the drum circle. The drum leader was an amazing woman, who lives half the year in the USA, and half the year in New Guinea. She lives the music. She lives for...


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Bees Have Spit

December 20, 2015

Blog #22 bees have spit

November 8, 2014


A couple weeks back, the kids and I saw a massive beehive hanging from the neighbors tree. It is ginormous. Later that afternoon, as we were driving back into the neighborhood, I notice a piece of that nest had fallen to the the ground. I pulled the car over and Arianna went and picked it up for our collection of nature related stuff. We looked at the many layers of thin nest, marveled at the holes and mazes in the chunk we found, and wondered how the r...


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NaNoWriMo

December 20, 2015

Blog #21 NaNoWriMo

November 7, 2014



NaNoWriMo is the acronym for National Novel Writing Month. My kids took informational kick-off class this week sponsored by our wonderful librarians, both whom are very excited about kids writing. One is the children's librarian, who is encouraging beyond measure, adors helping kids, and offered to help with their works of art anytime. The other is a hip, in-the-know teen librarian that is enthused by all young adult literature, comic strips, movies, animati...


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Oh The Places We Go!

December 20, 2015

Blog #20 oh the places we go

November 4, 2014



“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won……” This week my kids decided they wanted to sign up for the National Geography Bee for homeschoolers in our county. They posed a question to me, “hey Mom, if we sign up for this, can it count as our geography class?” This struck me as funny seeing as we aren’t really doing classes per se. Then I realized that they were traditi...


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Happy Halloween Stories

December 20, 2015

Blog #19  Happy Halloween stories

November 1, 2014



Halloween night in our town means some combination of the following: cold, hot, rain, sleet, snow, howling winds or eerie stillness. It is always dark by 5:30. So, off we went this year

(the combination: cold, gushing winds with a sprinkle of snow flurries) Trick or Treating. I walk with the kids, not because they need me. And not because I fear kidnappings on Halloween, but because my neighborhood has a way of adults bonding in the streets as...


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Living And Learning

December 20, 2015

Blog #18 living and learning

October 27, 2014


Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous autumn day in Chicagoland. The jeans and sweatshirt temperature, the vibrant colors in every direction, the warm sun. I opened the door and let the kids run free. They raked leaves, played with the dog in  leaf piles, explored the woods, created backyard games. Found stuff. I don’t know what because I was putting away garden statues and flower pots. It was splendid. In the way of school we did nothing, but i...


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