Thursday, November 29, 2012

Better than Schooling {p.h.f.r}

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Today my boy is happy.  

We usually do his "regular" school work after lunch.  You know, like those half-day kindergarten classes that meet in the afternoon instead of the morning. Some math.  Some reading.  Some writing.  The baby is sleeping, the house is calm. It's the best time for him, so it's the best time for me.  But today when I went to gather him up, he was putting on his boots.

"I need to go outside, mama."

A Michigan winter will soon be upon us.  So few days of "I need to go outside" left.  I hand him his jacket.

He zipped out the door. Out the gate.  Out into what he must think a huge, glorious expanse of forest.  What's fenced in back there can't be more than half an acre, but to him...to him it's the world.  The dog bounds down the steps after him.  

"I was being a chicken!" he tells me when he comes in. "A chicken in the dirt. A chicken in the woods. A chicken everywhere." The chickens had been following him.  I want to thank them for letting him know that he was doing it right.

"Oh.  Here.  I found these in the nesting boxes." He pulls four perfect eggs out of his pockets and sets them in the carton on the counter.

There will be no "regular" school.

And today I am happy.


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20 comments :

  1. just think what that sweet, sweet boy learned today - some things just can't be taught in a school room/home school room - thank you for sharing - Jen

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  2. Amen to that :)
    Some of our best days are when we throw out the regular school work and dive into living.

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  3. Oh, this made me smile in a BIG way. Thanks for sharing your happy moment. :)

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  4. I'm melting over here. Paul is more than welcome to move to Canada to marry my daughter when they're both... 35??? hehe

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  5. I love imaginative, playful children. LOVE.

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  6. Love! That made me a teeny bit teary. :)

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  7. Awesome. No kindergarten workbook can compare to actual real life living. Good job, Mommy!!

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  8. He was doing domestic fowl observation and study and then did an oral report with visual aids. Good work, teacher!

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  9. This made me smile! Especially because chickens are my favorite animal :)

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  10. That type of innocence and good gives me hope for the world...:)

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  11. He is too sweet. Learning isn't just in the textbooks anyway. Too many people forget that. Plus, he went out and foraged some breakfast... Bonus!

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  12. You make me miss our homeschool days. Enjoy every moment!

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  13. lifestyle of learning - love it! just beautiful

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  14. Yep, real life learning that's what it's all about. Capture those moments while you can.

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  15. Oh this bigger picture moment makes my heart flutter in love for little boys and seizing the moment and well, just living fully. Beautiful moment, my friend!

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  16. That sounds lovely!! I wish I had a "forest" to escape into! ... I suppose there is the Thai jungle though. But there's snakes. I think I'll content myself with viewing it all from afar. :)

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