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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Christmas is coming

We're expecting snow tonight, the kids are waiting in excitedly. Stocked up on groceries today in anticipation of being housebound tomorrow.

I glued some graham crackers into small houses for the kids to decorate. They've spent most of tonight carefully attaching candy canes, M & M's, red hots and swirly mints onto their wee houses. Jalen let me take a photo before smashing his to bits and eating most of it. Sierra is designing and redesigning, bringing it to me every so often for inspection. Jared quickly finished his and hid it on top of the fridge for safekeeping.

I love the smell of burnt sugar, it brings back lovely memories of the gingerbread houses Mom used to make. We poured the last bits onto parchment paper tonight, and made burnt sugar discs. Sierra walked around offering them to everyone.

We spent last night with Brandie's family (some really cool unschoolers we've met since moving here) at the Jonesborough Christmas parade. It was really cold, but all the shops were open so we stayed warm enough to survive the parade. Came back to the house after cramming ourselves into the van and had some hot chai and conversation before they headed home to Bristol. Trevor and David stayed at the house for video and computer gaming, a parade at thirty-two degrees didn't tempt them as much as Halo 2 apparently.

Earlier in the day I took Sierra and Jalen to the visitors center to see Santa and participate in some fun activities. The highlight was a carriage ride ...a big, beautiful Percheron draft horse hauled us around the library parking lot. We met another Jared at the christmas card table, who was very excited to hear that my boys like Halo2, Magic the Gathering and D&D...so we traded phone numbers and plan to visit soon.

Started building Trevor's new room in the garage, but the weather got a bit cold and we halted construction for now. He can hardly wait for it to get finished and has been a great help with supply runs and building....we're both learning a lot from foreman Markus.:)

Our Christmas decorations are up, the house looks warm and inviting (even without art on the walls) I have a huge poinsetta on the table and lovely miniature gingerbread houses in the kitchen (or wherever they last got parked)...

...we've got the fixin's for chai and hot chocolate, so bring on the snow!

Ren

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