Living and Learning and Summer

After the long winter of ice storms and arctic temps, we can't be outside enough.   

There's still plenty to learn outside, away from the papers and pencils and "boring" things Connor complains of but Emma begs for. 

I thought we'd take a break from school for a while, and just enjoy lazy days of summer.  Oh how I can dream.  The kids have been begging me for school though.   Which I suppose can be an encouragement that I'm doing something right.  They love to learn and they don't want a break.  To live is to learn and to learn is to live.

So we've been living, and we've been learning. 

We've listened to the sounds in our backyard (at Sam's prompting).  Soaking it all in for one rare quiet moment. 

We've decorated the porch.  And the brick walls.  And the door.  And the screen.  (hey, it's all in the name of art, right?)  Our front porch may as well wear a big neon sign now.  "Kids live here."

We've enjoyed good books on a sun speckled porch, while wearing sun ray flowers in our hair.

 We've buried treasures, dug for treasures, learned not to throw sand, and learned how to share.  And we've learned to always wear sun screen.   But not the kind that coats your kid in a layer or 3 of sand.

We've learned about fitness, and to save gas by walking to places close enough.  And that it's okay to take the long way.  Unless it's lunch time and your mom failed to bring water and/or snacks.   And no, you won't actually literally die if you walk for 3 more minutes, even if you haven't ate since 10 minutes ago when the kind people at VBS gave you a snack.  And they also gave you a drink.  You can do it.  Endurance. 

We've had squirt gun fights and picnics - where we've learned mom is a cheater and uses the garden hose.  But it's okay because it's funny.

We've searched for pirates on the high seas with a vintage spyglass.  Only this isn't the sea, it's a Great Lake.  And no, there's no sharks.   I promise. 

We've exercised gross motor skills with bright yellow steppers.  Ran barefoot in lush green grass, grown by a hard working invaluable 80 yr old man.  Great Grandpa.  We learned the honor in asking an elder if they'd like help, and at no cost.  We learned the value in being patient and slow roasting a marshmallow over an open flame, with gentle encouragement from a Vietnam veteran, who will tell you you're the best marshmallow cooker he's ever seen.  Great Uncle.  We've learned the value in fostering relationships by thinking of others before ourselves.

We've practiced fine motor skills by kindly passing small pebbles back and forth with cousins.

We've learned (or remembered) how blessed we are to live where we do, where so much is offered.  Libraries, museums, parks, splash pads, festivals, and rich culture. 

We learned all about science, weekly, for free at city hall.

We lived.  We learned.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! Everything looks fun! And, lots of learning! So many great photos! Thanks for sharing!


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