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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 27th, 2014

Thursdays Dad has the day off and today he and I had to get an early start to go and sign the final draft of our lease purchase agreement on buying the house. Yep, in 10 years we will officially own this house! The kids slept in while we did this.

Upon returning home Dora was waking up and the first thing Dora did was get on the laptop to play games at coolmathgames.com. Around 10:30 the boys got up and we all had a late breakfast/early lunch and headed down to my hubby's cousin's house to shoot guns.

Why would we teach our children to shoot guns? Safety: if you are going to own guns in your home it is important to allow the children to hold them and to teach them how dangerous they are which in turn curbs curiosity and teaches them respect for the weapon, protection: while we do not promote violence we do feel that it is important that a child/teen left alone knows how to defend themselves agains intruders, hunting: we have never been a hunting family but are seriously considering this possibility in the near future as a way to feed our family.

All of the kids loaded and shot off the pistol. Bubba shot the rifle as well. Bret thought about it but this thing has some kick back and he said he was too pretty to get hit in the face! The kids also learned how far away 100 feet was and how to set the rifle scope to accomodate that distance.

Dora learning to load the rifle:

Bubba shooting the rifle:

Bret shooting the pistol:

And here is little Miss Dora:

After doing this and checking out the chickens next door the kids were ready to go home for some down time so we dropped them off and Dad and I went to pick up some Taco Bell for an early dinner. After dinner, the kids all helped Dad clean up the guns before putting them away.

The kids spent the afternoon playing Ghost and Little Big Planet. Dora and Bret also talked on the phone with their brother and neice and Bubba, Dora, and I played Uno.

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