Weekend Fun: The Weekend With the Big Soccer Game

We had such a fun weekend! My boys seemed to be learning so much too.  I can't say we did much out of the ordinary but that's Ok since so much of living life involves learning.  We did physical work, played lots of sports, did quite a bit of reading and working with "fun" activity books.



Ian spent almost his entire weekend working.  He got to run the excavator and help clear trees from a local building lot.  He also got to help his father, grandfather and great grandfather repair a very small family hydroelectric plant.  They had to shovel out sand, find the leak, repair the building and check to make sure everything was running smoothly with the turbine.  He's happiest when he's working with real tools doing real jobs and this was such an amazing learning opportunity for him. 

 The two younger boys did some reading.  Alec finishing up his new chapter book Spirit Animals  He's already requested the next book in the series!




Evan and I read a few books about sea turtles for his science fair report and while I didn't want to force him to do any actual schoolwork he wanted to read these books and willingly sat down with me for a few minutes on Sunday to dictate some facts he learned through reading that he'd like to include in his report.  Even though we read two non- fiction books Evan was great about pulling the facts out of the stories. We read I'll Follow the Moon and Baby Turtle's Tale and he came up with 9 sea turtle facts.  Many of which I didn't even remember myself!
   



Alec had two back to back soccer games on Saturday afternoon.  His team won the first game and lost the second.  He had fun playing and we all enjoyed cheering them on.  The boys all have learned a lot about the game, the rules, how soccer is played, and how to work as a team.

Ian brought his extreme dot to dot book and Evan brought his color by number book to work on while Alec was playing.  They also used Alec's soccer play to play a bit of pass off to the side of the field.  They visited with family members and we kept an eye on the skies and the weather as it got progressively darker and stormy looking. 


We watched Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure as our family movie on Saturday night and the boys just loved it.  I loved that they were engaged and even learning a bit about historical figures.  I was pretty surprised when they knew who Napoleon was before he was introduced as his character.  I'm not sure where they learned about him but I had paused the movie to ask them and they knew quite a bit about him.  They had some passing knowledge about most of the figures in the movie and loved watching their quasi- modern day antics.  I could easily use this movie as a jumping off point for some history lessons but I'll wait and see if they're interested in learning any more about any certain time period or historical figure.  I prefer to follow their interests whenever I can in learning about anything.


We ended our weekend with a trip to a birthday party.  We have a family of friends that live pretty far away from us and we only make it to their house once or twice a year.  My boys didn't really know anyone at the party (other than the three boys that live there and the birthday baby) and yet they happily took off and joined right in.

They played soccer, climbed, swung, ran around and had a ball.  Ian practiced his basketball skills and Alec finally got to be goalie (something he's really been wanting to do with his own soccer team).



We finished up our book on CD on our long drive and came home to request the next (and last) one.  Re-listening to all the books was an excellent way to fill our time waiting for the new book to come out.  We'll hopefully have the audiobook in for the Blood of Olympus by the end of the week and we're all dying to know what happens.  The boys kept busy in the car using their color by number books, playing DS games as well as listening to the story.  Ian completed one whole page and it came out beautifully.  I can't say for sure what they are learning when working on their color by number books but they look so fun that I want my own!

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