Ten Things We Did Today Instead of Homeschooling

Today we awoke to three things– fresh white snow, a rare day without anywhere to be, and miserable colds.  We seized them all.  I slept in while Daryl watched the baby and then switched off so he could lie down later.  And we also filled the day with stuff you do when the world is white and you’re home and sniffly.

1.  The big kids played in the snow.  Oh wait, that’s PE.

2.  I read the Berenstain Bears big science treasury to Jack.  Oops, science and reading.

3.  Anna decided to write a novel.  It’s called “The Long Winter” (I’m not going to be the one to tell her the name is taken) and it is written in journal format about a little girl who moved from Boston or the South (she wasn’t sure at first and asked “which is fancier?”) to live in the plains of Nebraska in the pioneer days.  She accidentally set the date in 1986.  I graduated from high school in 1986.  Ahem.  And yeah, that would be language arts and history.

4.  Daryl played “Green Anaconda” for the kids.  They love it.  I love it.  It’s catchy!  Oops, that would be science.   Heck, music too.

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5.   Anna read “Dinosaurs Before Dark” again (in about 10 minutes and then complained she needs to go to the library).  Hmmm… science & reading….

6.  Jack and Alex played with playdough.  Art!

7.  For some random reason, Victoria wrote and illustrated a page about little known facts about the Mayflower.  Yep, art, spelling, history, writing….

8.   Jack experimented with freezing snow and making ice.  He brought it up later when we were talking about states of matter thanks to the Berenstain Bears.  Science!

9.  Victoria found some house numbers we were going to put up and I asked her to see how many math problems she could make up with them.  They were an 8, an 0 and a 4 so she went 8×4 is 32, 8/4 is 2 and so on.  I had Jack and Anna answer some too.   Which was math, of course.

10.  We cleaned, played, took turns entertaining the baby, talked to friends on the phone, caught up on current events on CNN, talked, built snow forts, worked through arguments and drank lots of hot tea.  And that was life, baby, the most important subject of all.  Smile

Oops!  Looks like we did do homeschooling.  Bet you did too, even if you didn’t think so!

I love do-nothing days.  Wink


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