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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......

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The clouds are crying

We did a lot of Christmas running today...Toys-R-Us, Michael's and Best Buy. It's been rainy all night and on the way home the kids were asking for a light to be turned on in the car. I explained that I was having a hard time seeing, with the dark (country roads have no street lights) and rain. Jalen says "the clouds crying with tears". Ok....so we question him about why the clouds are crying. "Because the thunder makes them cry, and they cry with tears coming far down." It was so cute.
There wasn't any thunder, but he explained that we couldn't see the thunder coming far down, but the clouds could hear it and it scared them. Ah, the mind of a four year old. Gotta love that imagination. When he said we couldn't see it, I think he meant the lightning? Not sure.

They all spent some of their Christmas money already. Trevor is happily playing on X-box Live and Sierra and Jalen are battling with pirate swords. Typical Jared, is patiently awaiting Christmas before deciding what to spend it on. He wants a computer more than anything else. While driving today (what is it about cars and conversation?) he informed me that if all he had was a computer, it was a doorway to everything in the world! Geez, he sounds like me.
He said "I can learn about anything with a computer, so I don't need a bunch of other stuff"
This led to a conversation about exactly what kind of things you couldn't learn to DO by having a computer....driving a car, karate, but then we realized you could probably do them in a virtual world if you had the right equipment.
Ok, maybe you can learn anything from a computer these days. But you can't DO everything with one goshdarnit. And it can't make a good cuppa darjeeling...yet.

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