Saturday, October 30, 2010

Something else I learned...

Almost a day doesn't go by that I don't learn something...

Yesterday was no different!!!

Most weekdays start out about the same....
I wake up Sugarbaby and Nature Boy at about 7:30-8:00 AM
(by that time, Teenager with Lots of Stuff is off to high school)

I encourage some breakfast 
my fave vegan pumpkin bread
(I never seem to miss it anyway!)

and then our day might start with an art exercise together...

by Sugarbaby
(by Sugarbaby)

or we might delve right into our math/language arts/reading etc...
books being readied for our school start


or we might run out to Tae Kwon Do class/the library/french group

or even a field trip...
printer

but some days evolve into something unexpected....


Like yesterday.....

Sugarbaby had to take care of our neighbor's dog, Maggie, while they are out-of-town for the day...

Play....
Working on a costume for Maggie

evolved into a project...
Sugarbaby, her machine, and her pal

and now Maggie is the lucky owner of her own Super Dog costume!


 Coincidentally,
around the same time,
Nature Boy was playing around with our pet dwarf hamster, Penny...

Penny, the dwarf hamster
who, at times, has boundless energy, 
and can spin away on her wheel for, what seems like, hours!

Before you know it...


Nature Boy has disassembled an old bicycle
and is hard at work creating some idea from his head
down in Mr. U's workshop.

I could be really aggravated that the work that was assigned to them for the day has not yet been completed...

Schooling on the family rm floor

but I step back for a minute to realize that 
having the kids at home rather than in a conventional school setting
has afforded them lots of opportunities for learning on their own!!!

Nowhere in the halls of their former educational institutions 
would they have had the chance to choose their own interests to teach themselves...

On this day, 
they have enhanced their skills on which they are constantly building...

problem solving...

An old bicycle is dissambled...

creativity...

Nature Boy made a large cage for his birds for their holiday present
 (another project made by Nature Boy for his birds)

resourcefulness...

Willy

independence...

Sugarbaby's Jack-o-Lantern

and pride!!!

At home with my sewing utensils!
and that makes their Mama proud too!