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The Field Trip!

The secret to a good day of homeschool is the Field Trip.  (cue angels and harps)

The field trip is to our first week of homeschool what sex often is after a big fight: it reminds you that you like each other and that things are probably going to be OK.

(Didn’t see that coming, did you?  My apologies to my parents.)

We went to the aquarium today and it was great.  First of all, there was no one there.  We had to share the place with a few senior citizens and tourists who smiled at all of the boys’ excitement.  Like this command from Zach, shouted multiple times across the building: Mommy, mommy, you just HAVE to see this. They didn’t mind if my kids wanted to hog the computer game where you try to make your neighborhood a hospitable habitat for frogs.  And the staff had all the time in the world to show us cool stuff and answer all of our important questions.  Like this one from Ezra: Ask her if any of this stuff is free to take home.

We stayed and watched them feed the penguins for 45 minutes.  And the only one who wasn’t completely engrossed for every one of those minutes was me.  They were asking questions, and making up theories as to why some of them were so fat and why the guano was white.  They had their chins over the ledge and Ezra’s tongue was hanging out – a sure sign that he is working hard.

I resisted the urge to make them come home and write about it, and no one cried all day.

I imagine I’ll fall asleep easily tonight.  At least that’s what I assume happens right after make-up homeschool.

About Tara Edelschick

Right now, Tara is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. She is sleeping more, and exercising and flossing every day for the first time in her life. She is enjoying her husband, her boys, and Nafisa (the daughter she never had) more than she ever has. And she is learning to rest in the arms of the one who doesn't rank you based on how many things you can cross off your list at the end of the day. Follow her on Twitter@TaraWonders.

  • T Dalrymple

    Glad you had a better day, Tara! I do think it will work out. And in the meantime, we get to enjoy the stories :-)

  • Kim Motylewski

    You go, Tara! I admire your pluck…Jeff's too, in taking this on. It sounds like the grown-ups will be learning at least as much as the kids this year, and your entries are wonderful. Keep 'em comin'.

  • Theresa Mann Bouey

    Yeah!!! Good job resisting the urge to have the boys write about it. I have to remind myself all the time not to undo the fun. :)

    We are heading to the Aquarium also next week. After reading your entry, I can hardly wait.

    Just so you know, not every field trip has to be academic. We just came back from Legoland with a bunch of other homeschoolers. Just for the record, there was a school bus full of "regular" school kids having a field trip there too! Nothing beats cheap tickets, no lines and 68 degree weather. Yey homeschool!!!

    By the way, building race cars out of Lego bricks and racing them down a track counts as science, right, like a unit on simple machines? I have to write down something in case "Big Brother" decides to check on me. :)


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