Last week: fire station (always a big hit with kids).
Yesterday: Cox Farm.
Does seeing baby pigs really count as educational?
It was freezing, but Jenny stripped off two layers. She was miserable, but she was miserable before taking off her sweater and long sleeved shirt anyway.
We'll count this as "socialization" I guess.
Or perhaps phys-ed?...they did have to run up hills or climb a staircase for the slides.
Definitely cooper-ative play. Katie and her friend Maria were each too scared to go down the big spiral slide together, so their older brothers gallantly stepped forward to ride with them. Very sweet.
Biology class? (learning about the jaws of large sea creatures)?
Hay rides are a good lesson in how people used to travel before cars. Also, in how hay protects you from the wind and keeps you much warmer than you might have thought possible.
We were supposed to be meeting with a Catholic homeschool group. We got there and found one other mom. It was freezing and standing around was making everyone cranky, so my friend and I took off for the hayride.
Later, as we sat in the warm car and ate lunch, we saw the other mother again. She apologized that we hadn't caught up with the group. It turns out we "missed" praying the rosary and the Angelus...in the freezing cold...with half a gazillion little children who were hungry for lunch and/or staring longingly at the slides. Well, actually, those saintly children were probably not doing that, but mine would have been.
I'm such a bad Catholic mom that I was elated that we missed the rosary. The Angelus would have been fine, but the rosary? in the wind and cold? No matter how good of a mom you may think you are...no matter how well you may feel you are raising your children in the faith...there will always be other families with mild-speaking moms and rosary-praying children to show you just how much more you could be doing.