"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
I had to wake Dora up really early for her at 6:30 this morning so that we could take Dad to work and keep the car. This week he went back to his old job at a steel plant. Today was Thursday so it is the day we usually go and volunteer at our church's food bank. We got to the church around 7 and began painting two really BIG boxes that will be used to collect food for the bank at an upcoming car show. After painting for almost an hour I got a call saying they needed us to go up the road and help load food trucks, which we did, then it was back to the church, and setting up and handing out food. Dora met a new friend there who was also volunteering and is homeschooled. They were so cute together happily chatting and handing out bread to the people in line!
We got home around 11 and woke the boys up to see if they wanted to go to the park and ride the trains with us. These only come to the park a few times a year and Dora loves riding them. We also packed a picnic lunch to take with us.
NOTE: This pic is not our family because we rode together and you can't take pictures while riding!I just wanted you to know what I was meant by trains!
After a leisurely lunch at the on top of a bridge overlooking high above the park we headed to the store for a few items. I wanted to make banana pudding!
Once home I began making banana pudding and the kids took care of the dogs and walked to the library. Dora came back talking to me about the Dork Diaries book she had been reading. Then it was time to go pick up Dad. Dora and Bubba stayed home and ate ice cream and played "Little Big Planet 2" and Bret rode with me.
After work, Dad and Dora cut grass and did some weed eating. Bubba and Bret played Yugioh and listened to music. All the kids went walking again, this time down the railroad tracks, they are loving this weather!
Dora practiced gymnastics and stretching after dinner and played Spider Solitaire on the computer. The boys hung out in their room together. We had the unfortunate incident of discovering one of the dogs had gotten in my room and killed our little hamster! When I went to bed around 10 all the kids were watching "Smallville". I bought all the seasons awhile back when we decided to get rid of our satellite. It had been a series I enjoyed watching when the kids were younger and the three of them have been enjoying them together trying to watch them all in the last week or so.
*This post was written as a part of the year long series "Hitchhikers Guide to Unschooling" where I try to show you what living a life as though school does not exist looks like for our family.*