Saturday, September 07, 2013

Week 3: When the Buses Start Rolling

This was the week that brick and mortar schools opened in our county. The big yellow buses are at the end of the street each morning, forcing me to time the departure for my workouts very carefully so I don't get stuck behind them. Even so, it seems that those buses magically bring the two things I love about this time of year: the weather, and field trips! When all the other kids go inside for school, schedules, lunch room, and homework, we go outside for picnics, lessons, field trips, and play, because the weather at this time of the year is the best we get! This week was no exception, and we took full advantage of the fact that most venues are virtually empty right now and visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. We also started our science and Tapestry of Grace co-op with friends. It was a short, but lovely week. It went something like this...
Break time!
Flooding the Nile
Deer interruption...
measuring the density of various liquids
Teacher's pet daughter
listening well
building our Swimming Creatures box
all done! Ready for creatures!
Let's see some swimming creatures!

feeding time for the catfish
It's not a trip to the aquarium without dolphins!
a very kind, patient trainer answered all our questions!

My one regret is that I forgot to take a photo of the rest of the kids when they came over for TOG discussion. The same kids from last year's group joined us, and we had a wonderful time doing geography, history, and literature. I was so involved in the discussion I forgot to snap a photo. It was amazing to see how much each of the kids seemed to mature over the summer. Longer attention spans, better discussion skills, deeper understanding...It's going to be a great year. I love each of the kids so much, and count it a privilege to get to spend so much time with these wonderful people.


  1. Love field trips when school is back in session! Looks like you had a lovely time this week!

  2. It looks like you had an enjoyable first week of school. I see your point about getting outside while the weather is nice. It is also rewarding to be able to see a child grow in understanding. :)

    - Jennie

  3. Field trips are great aren't they? We are taking TWO this coming week.

    Great pictures!

    1. I love field trips! I want to do more. I start each year with the best of intentions but then find I don't do as many as I want. Maybe this year we'll do better.


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