Friday, June 8, 2012

Old Homeschool Days

Kites flying, worms wiggling, pie in the face, birds of prey, compasses, learning entrepreneurship, Dino-encounters, bees, and more. Yes, this was our last couple of days. We spent some time in Bridgton, Maine (a beautiful little town) with hundreds of other homeschoolers enjoying Old Homeschool Days! We played with old friends and made new friends. We had picnic lunches and breaks in between classes to play tag or swing. Community. I love it!

Kite making and flying (this was a big hit)

Homeschooling is not always a bed of roses (even though it might appear that way on this blog). The first morning of Old Homeschool Days started with breakfast and chores as usual. Then my announcement, "today we are going to Old Homeschool Days! We are going to make kites, have a picnic with friends, do some ciphering and coding, and have a great time! You will all LOVE it!" Instantly, Jeremie replies, "I don't want to go.....what are we going to do....just sit around and make kites and...." Then Kalli falls right in line behind him while Kaylynn is jumping up and down yelling, "YES! YES! This is going to be so much fun!" Can you tell which one is my outgoing one? While Cami parrots everyone, I make the executive decision, "we are going."

 Pie Eating Contest

At the end of the day, all the children are asking, "Do we have to leave? Can we stay just a little longer? Can we come back tomorrow?" My two middle ones are reluctant and cautious when trying anything new while Kaylynn will do any and all new activities. Sometimes we give them a little push, and sometimes we let them make the decision. It is good for them to be stretched. In the end, they all enjoy themselves, and I enjoy watching them grow, learn, make new friends, try new experiences, and grow in the confidence of who they are.

Building a Vermicondo

There are still two days left of Old Homeschool Days in Bridgton, Maine. If you are close (or even far away) and want to check it out, you can visit the website Old Homeschool Days for more details on classes offered!

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Great post on the Old Homeschool Days! Glad you guys were able to make it out and have fun!