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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 26th, 2014

Today when I woke up I did some chores around the house and watched some of my reality shows on the DVR while the kids slept in a little.

When Dora got up she made us both some breakfast, toast with Nutella and I shared with her one of my favorite gory short stories I had picked up at the library yesterday, The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe. We discussed what a guillotine was among other things. After that she decided she would return the favor and read to me from The Dork Diaries book we had started several weeks ago.


She wrote letters to both of her pen pals and did a science experiment kit we had bought awhile back at the Dollar Tree. Basically you have "snow" crystals that you put into water and they expand and grow into snow that you can play with and not freeze your hands. She had to measure 2 oz. of water for each Tablespoon of snow that she put into the bowl. Therefore discovering that it took about 8 oz. of water to make one cup. After playing with the snow for awhile she read the ingredients on the back of the box and realized that one of the reasons it had looked so real was because one of the main ingredients had been salt and like snow it has crystals.

Before the "snow" was in water:                                           After it grew:

    

Bubba and Bret have spent a good bit of their day in their rooms today watching various videos on You Tube and playing games. For some reason they have really been into the old Nintendo games today and as I write this they are downloading an app for old Game Boy games. They have ventured out to play Ghost on the Playstation and Bubba went outside and hung out on the porch swing and played with the dogs for quite awhile even though it was freezing.

After dinner Dora looked up a site called diyphotography.net and looked at different photography techniques and tips. She has since then been playing Little Big Planet 2 on the Playstation for several hours now occassionaly asking me how to spell something as she messages her friends back and forth.

That has pretty much been our day.  *This post was written as a part of the year long series "Hitchhikers Guide to Unschooling" where I attempt to show you what one unschooling family living as though school does not exist looks like. *

The day I, first met you,
You told me you'd never fall in love.
But now, that I get you,
I know fear is what it really was.
Now here we are, so close, yet so far.
Haven't I passed the test?
When will, you realize,
Baby I'm not like the rest?

Don't wanna break your heart,
Wanna give your heart a break.
I know you're scared it's wrong,
Like you might make a mistake.
There's just one life to live
And there's no time to wait(to waste).
So let me give your heart a break,
Give your heart a break,
Let me give your heart a break,
Your heart a break,
Oh yeah yeah.

On Sunday, you went home, alone,
There were tears in your eyes.
I called your cell phone, my love,
But you did not reply
The world is ours, if we want it,
We can take it if you just take my hand.
There's no turning back now,
Baby try to understand.

Don't wanna break your heart,
Wanna give your heart a break
I know you're scared it's wrong,
Like you might make a mistake
There's just one life to live
And there's no time to wait (to waste)
So let me give your heart a break,
Give your heart a break,
Let me give your heart a break,
Your heart a break

There just so much you can take.
Give your heart a break,
Let me give your heart a break,
Your heart a break, oh yeah yeah.

When your lips are on my lips,
And our hearts beat as one
But you slip out of my finger tips
Every time you run, whoa-oh-whoa-oh-whoa-oh-ahhhh

Don't wanna break your heart,
Wanna give your heart a break
I know you're scared it's wrong,
Like you might make a mistake
There's just one life to live
And there's no time to wait (to waste)
So let me give your heart a break

Cause you've been hurt before,
I can see it in your eyes
You try to smile it away,
Some things you can't disguise
Don't wanna break your heart,
Baby I can ease the ache (the ache)

So let me give your heart a break,
Give your heart a break,
Let me give your heart a break,
Your heart a break
There just so much you can take.
Give your heart a break,
Let me give your heart a break,
Your heart a break, oh yeah yeah.

The day I first met you, you told me you'd never fall in love