It was a dreary, drab day and no one wanted to play outside. It drizzled a bit here and there and I'll admit that my boys spent most of the afternoon playing video games and watching TV. I ended up falling asleep! It was just one of those "do nothing" days that I think we all need from time to time to rejuvenate. I decided I didn't even want to make supper. We ended up heading out and, for a special treat, we went all the way to the Cheesecake factory (I really must un- friend them on Facebook; it's so tempting looking at all their photos!).
The boys groaned a bit at the ride and my husband grumbled about how late the kids would be up but I reminded them they don't have to get up early in the morning. Sometimes I think we don't take advantage enough of the fact that we homeschool and can live a totally flexible lifestyle. I think it's good to have routine and structure but we really need to break out and go just a bit crazy every now and then. My husband suggested we listen to more of The Return of the Indian and I told him we finished it, but could start listening to The Secret of the Indian. He asked the boys what had happened in The Return of the Indian and they all ended up getting a lesson on re- telling and summarizing. All the boys remembered a lot of facts about the story (and since I had heard the story I could understand) but they often told them out of order and my husband was getting confused. I'd prompt them with questions, remind them that something important happened before the fact they were blurting out, etc. We talked about the importance of telling the story in sequential order and picking out key pieces of the story. Once they finished re- telling we started the last book in the trilogy and loved that it began right where the last story ended (good thing we summarized for my husband!). Ian and Evan worked on Evan's car ride kit and ended up coloring in his binder.
|Picture courtesy of the Cheesecake Factory|
I love that even on a day like this, when we did "nothing" I can find so much learning in all that the boys did do. At the stores we talked about money, compared pricing, sizing, added up what we were spending, and discussed spending money wisely. We did lots of reading and language arts looking at signs, environmental print and listening to books on CD. The boys played games on my Kindle like Nine Men's Morris, Checkers, and Free Flow that worked on math skills like problem solving. They also find new ways to connect things they have learned to their everyday lives like when Evan looked for Egyptian symbols in the restaurant. Alec and Evan had eaten some Sun Chips earlier in the day and I heard "hey, Evan, doesn't this chip look like Oklahoma?!" I love that they can pick out the shapes of many of the states. Alec even told me he was doing battle on the great wall of China while he was playing his Ben 10 game. Perhaps I'm reaching a bit, but when I look for evidence of learning, retention and try to find some link to traditional school subjects I can find them in our everyday lives and typically in multiple ways. In listening to the Indian in the Cupboard series we're learning about native Americans, London, the history of wars (through hearing about various battles and soldiers they bring to life), and lots of new vocabulary. It's great!