Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ode to School This Fall

I love home schooling.
I don't say it enough
because it's tiring and busy
and crazy sometimes,
but I really do love it.
The number 1 reason is 
that home schooling encouragement to 
school through life.
So, though we do school with books and notebooks,
paper and pencil,
we also school here

and here
"Come touch and discover the natural things found around the woods and fields."
I have a friend who is officially "unschooling" this year. To quote an online encyclopedia, "Unschooling students learn through their natural life experiences including playhousehold responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction." 
 Her model has definitely encouraged me to not be quite so tied to our table and our schedule as we school this year. And boy has that been fun!
Hay maze? Definitely school!

Look, bees! Remember that they see in ultraviolet light
(like this)
School again.

Trains are school.

And model train museums of our city are school.

And interactive tow trucks--
cool school!

(Old tow trucks are school too.)

Riding a railway car down an historical steep track that is a mile long is school; 

see the pulley system that kept us from crashing?!

Putting on our most colorful clothes and paper Native American head dresses and spinning crazily while yelling and giggling is school.

Large bubbles?
Yep, you guessed it! 
Indian Fry Bread,

Large face sculptures, 

Hedge Apples, 

And imitation fall leaves are ALL school.

Hey, how did that get in there? 
We do a lot more of this than we do of the above, but I just love that home schooling encourages us to turn that History of the World cd on in the van, go to that author's talk on dinosaurs, visit the library often and a million other fun and exciting learning experiences.
So there you have it, 
if you know me, you may hear me complain occasionally,
but I really do love home schooling.

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