Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Way I Hope It Can Be

Today was a really good day. It's the kind of day I hope we can have regularly as we proceed with homeschooling.

First of all, Ray did not wake up until 6:47am. This is HUGE for us! Of course, Adam was up around 6:00.... but that's ok.

This morning we attended (with some friends) a puppet show at Sharon Woods Metro Park. We learned about owls and animals that are still hibernating. (Mr. Owl was searching for his sleeping friends!)

Then we came home and ate lunch and talked about our Bible story for today ("Jesus Calms the Storm" --- goes perfectly with this week's "weather theme"). After lunch we headed to our school room and did some writing and math and coloring. It was just plain pleasant. No one was whining or fighting. We were talking about the Olympics and about next week's "Outer Space" theme.

At some point before lunch the boys mentioned wanting to go to COSI.... so that's what we did in the afternoon. It was so spur-of-the-moment and so fun! We have a membership, but we've never gone in the afternoon. It's SO much less crowded! We had about two hours there and the boys listened well and had a great time. We visited the new "Grossology" exhibit, which was a bit over their heads and a bit loud and scary for Ray.... but they did enjoy shooting balls into a giant nose. (What's the point of that? I don't exactly know.... but you can see them doing it in one of the pictures above.) It was very funny to me that Adam immediately wanted to eat lunch (even though it was 3:30) when he saw the room where we usually do that --- such a creature of habit. It's also interesting that Ray now "teaches" me about "olden times" when we walk through the Progress exhibit, which has replicas of streets from the 1890's (I think) and the 1960's. It's funny to hear him tell me what I've told him in previous visits. Such a good memory!

We went from COSI to my Mom's and out to Bob Evans with Mom and Jon for dinner. We came home, read books, and went to bed.

It was a very pleasant and educational day. We did not accomplish all of the little lessons and tasks I had planned, but we had fun learning and getting out of here. Obviously, we can't and won't always be running around so much, but it's nice to have the flexibility to do that. That's one of the very attractive things about homeschooling for me. I hope that we can have many days like today, learning here and "out there" together.

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