Family Road Trip

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

We were blessed to be able to visit our friends who live in Redding, CA this past week. We took the scenic route, visiting the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and travelling up the very beautiful and picturesque highway 1 along the Pacific coast. Lots of memories. Lots of pictures.

All in all a wonderful trip!

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Advent Blessings

As we are in the season of Advent, we are going through the Jesse Tree Devotional, by Ann Voskamp. What I really like about it is that every day you are encouraged to “unwrap more of His love in the world” by doing something tangible to bless others. Today we are blessing our neighbours with this:

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So… what did we learn today?

Sometimes my friends and family aren’t really sure what my children are learning each day. So this morning was a bit strange for us, atypical, but I thought I would share an example of life learning that can happen anywhere and anytime when we are at educating at home.

We drove out to a greenhouse to buy mums that were on sale. Unfortunately, they were not open for another 40 minutes and being the kind of person that I am, I refused to drive all the way back home and then all the way back out again. In essence, perhaps one could say that we were learning a bit about being environmentally responsible, and being patient as we wait 😉 ?  We spent time reading a Bible in the shade of an oak tree. We saw some Canada geese in a field. We then examined a very large spider and its beautiful web. We caught small bugs, threw them into the spider’s web and watched the spider grab the insects, wrap them quickly in silk and then administer a fatal bite to the hapless victims. We played Eye Spy (which included turn-taking!) and our favourite word game of rhyming words. Eden found a wooly bear caterpillar and entertained herself nicely for 20 minutes with it. Back at home we identified the caterpillar and we plan to draw it in our nature journals. We also observed a little chipmunk that is sitting and chirping on our front stoop.

But what about what they need to know?? Well, my point is, who knows that anyway? Really. What do you remember from elementary school?

Of course you could argue that your children are learning similar things on your outings on weekends or in the evenings. Great. I’m glad. But I find that we have more time just to enjoy learning what comes our way daily.

This morning we got to spend some time outside in the beautiful late summer sun, read God’s word, see geese, watch a huge spider catching prey, play games as a family, and learn about a new insect. Sorry, don’t mean to offend, but I have to say that I think this tops time spent inside a school building on a gorgeous day. And guess what? We even learned some stuff.