Unschooling at the pond–again

We ended up spending another week at the pond, then staying over a night at Grandma’s due to car troubles.  We have not slept at home since last Monday. Long story short I ended up doing some more painting because I had more to do and Rach asked to stay at her grandma’s over night.  We didn’t take into account the fact that the cold damp weather would mean that the paint would take longer to dry.  Sigh.

However we had many awesome learning opportunities at the pond–talk about interest led learning–it was an awesome experience!  The kids got to help install a hot water tank, explore the old hot water tank and figure out how it worked and what went wrong, build a pirate ship/submarine out of the hot water tank box, watch movies, read numerous books, play card games, play on the paddle boat, see a doe my mom got hunting–her first with her bow which we walked up to see in the dark so they could se eit before it went to the butcher the next morning, star gaze–looking for known constellations and making up our own, as well as…

Learn to golf,

After playing many games of golf on the Wii Essie decided she wanted to take it up for real, with a too big golf club and wearing many layers to fend off the cold.
After playing many games of golf on the Wii Essie decided she wanted to take it up for real, with a too big golf club and wearing many layers to fend off the cold.

Enjoy watching birds, chipmunks, turkeys, and squirrels and all God’s creation,

We got to do all sorts of nature walks watching the leaves change and the animals prepare for winter.
We got to do all sorts of nature walks watching the leaves change and the animals prepare for winter.

Watch movies,

We watched numerous movies (especially since for several days we had very cold rain.)
We watched numerous movies (especially since for several days we had very cold rain.)

Daydream

Issac watching the ducks on the pond--several Mallards were hanging out as well as 9 turkeys, three grey squirrels, one red squirrel, several chip munks, and lots of birds.
Issac watching the ducks on the pond--several Mallards were hanging out as well as 9 turkeys, three grey squirrels, one red squirrel, several chip munks, and lots of birds.
Issac cuddled up watching a movie.
Issac cuddled up watching a movie.

Card games,

I brought along this silly sentance flash card game and all three kids, with little prompting from me, spent hours making silly sentences and telling stories with these cards.  The cards have sentence structure on them so the older two were reviewing noun, adjectives, and verbs, added in their own hand written words to make the sentences more interesting, and took pictures of all their creations, while Issac learned about nouns, verbs, and adjectives, and practiced reading the sentences he made.
I brought along this silly sentence flash card game and all three kids, with little prompting from me, spent hours making silly sentences and telling stories with these cards. The cards have sentence structure on them so the older two were reviewing noun, adjectives, and verbs, added in their own hand written words to make the sentences more interesting, and took pictures of all their creations, while Issac learned about nouns, verbs, and adjectives, and practiced reading the sentences he made.

Ecosystems and building,

The girls discovered a small section of land by the pond full of crickets.  We discussed ecosystems and then the kids decided they wanted to build houses for the crickets out of sticks (Issac made slides and a clothes rack instead).
The girls discovered a small section of land by the pond full of crickets. We discussed ecosystems and then the kids decided they wanted to build houses for the crickets out of sticks (Issac made slides and a clothes rack instead).

Developing family relationships,

Issac playing with Uncle James who is off school due to a teacher's strike.
Issac playing with Uncle James who is off school due to a teacher's strike.

Building lean-to’s/survival training

The kids spent 2 day sbuilding lean-tos in the woods with Uncle James.  They also learned about being in the woods during hunting season (and wearing bright colors so people don't think you are a deer or turkey. :))
The kids spent 2 days building lean-tos in the woods with Uncle James. They also learned about being in the woods during hunting season (and wearing bright colors so people don't think you are a deer or turkey.)

Family time

Did I mention it rained several days and we got to spend lots of time cuddled on the couch watching movies together?
Did I mention it rained several days and we got to spend lots of time cuddled on the couch watching movies together? Not to mention reading aloud together.

I also got a few small paintings nearly finished and the girls got to practice being left alone for short periods of time (Rach longs to be able to stay home alone and letting them practice in a cottage surrounded by family on 13 acres of woods is much safer than at home where we live near a major high way.)  And just when we thought we were going to stay home we visited grandma and the car acted up meanign we stayed over night there  (the lights were dimming too much to drive home at night– known alternator issues okay as long as we drive during the day.)  It has been a week full of God’s blessings and interventions once again, and the learning has been amazing to behold.