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"Children do not need to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world than anyone else could make for them." John Holt

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                  February 15th, 2014

Well today started off slow and got more exhausting as it went. I spent some time getting a review up on the blog and doing some behind the scenes web work while the kids slept in. As the kids began to get up they had their showers and spent a small amount of time playing on their ipods.

Around 12 I took all of the kids to Walmart so I could get some money back for Bubba and Bret to spend some time at the card store. We also spent sometime looking around through Valentine's clearance section. I dropped them off at the store for a day of Yugioh fun and Dora and I went out to eat at a BBQ restaurant we had never been at before. After lunch we went to the new Dollar Tree that just opened up in town. Dora has been anxiously awaiting the opening day of this store for weeks! She picked up a few cans of silly string to fight with her brothers, some toys for her dogs, a pack of headbands, and two little science kits.

After the Dollar Tree we went to two different Dollar General stores to get their $1 onesis for the soon to be grandbaby and shop Valentine's Day clearance. We also went to look around a local thrift store as Dora is in dire need of pants at the moment. She is finally getting her womanly hips! Afterwards we headed home to see Dad and inform him that we had only found one pair of jeans for Dora so he suggested we take her to Target to go clothes shopping.

She was very excited! It is not very often we do new clothes around here. She spent over 2 hours picking out pants, a shirt, an outfit for gymnastics (she is scheduled to start classes next week) and a belt. Standing outside of a Target fitting room waiting on a tween to try on 9 different pairs of pants will wear on your patience!

With new clothes in hand and it being almost 8pm it was time to eat so we headed to the card store to pick up the boys only to be informed Bubba didn't want to go out to eat but stay at the card shop until 10. Sounds easy, let's go out to eat. After going to three different restaurants and them either being too busy or informing us they were out of half the menu, we finally settled on Shoney's. Yes the service was slow and they were out of baked potatoes but I was tired and didn't care!

But where was the learning? Dora had to stay within her clothes budget and add and subtract from her total with each new outfit she added to the cart or decided to take away. She also had to figure out what 70% off of prices were as she shopped the clearance racks. When we got home she spent time playing "acting" class with me, where basically I give her a scenario and she acts it out. For example I told her to act like a child about to throw a temper tantrum because someone ate the last cookie and she does. Yes, that was one we acted out tonight, I think I might be the only Momma I know that just encouraged better yet asked to hear a temper tantrum.

*This post was written as a part of the year long series "Hitchhikers Guide to Unschooling" where I attempt to show you what living a life as though school does not exist looks like.*