With 9 kids expected at our house for a play date with their moms we didn't get around to anything school- like today. We cleaned house, prepared food, ran a few errands and yet still I watched my kids develop new skills. Ian built a garage for all of his trucks out of blocks, then disassembled them and reassembled them all into a quarry. He is always building and transporting different things. Even once we moved outside onto our beach he constructed a whole mining/ pit area for his trucks with roads and a lake and everything. Alec read one of his library books about rain forest life cycles. He must have sat on that couch for almost an hour reading all the facts. He loves non- fiction animal books and is able to recite much about each of the animals he reads about. Once we went outside to wait for our company Alec practiced diving. He had one successful dive earlier this summer and never really managed to perform one again. But Alec taught himself to dive last night and must have dove off the dock twenty times this morning. Now that they've been watching diving at the Olympics I was asked to rate each splash and honestly, Alec had hardly any splash. I finally just started recording him with my camera and letting him watch.