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,
Enjoy watching birds, chipmunks, turkeys, and squirrels and all God’s creation,
Ecosystems and building,
Developing family relationships,
Building lean-to’s/survival training
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.