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. *