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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......

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

New friends

We enjoyed our twice-per-month park day with the unschooling group yesterday morning. The kids left so happy; "We're finally making new friends" they all chimed in as we drove away.
It's been cold enough to keep the snow here,(more ice than snow at this point) so the kids have been sledding daily. They talked me into going out last night after dark, we had a terrific time racing to the bottom of the hill. I seem to cause the most roll-overs and crashes. Apparently, a big-person on the back of those plastic thingies isn't good. No broken bones, though I heard my neck crack when Jared and I did a heave-to at one point.

Later, something led to a question about vinegar. We ended up online, looking up fun things to do with vinegar (did you know Vicki Lansky wrote up 500 fun things to do with it? Cripes), which led to baking soda of course. Next thing I know, we're digging through the recycling to retrieve some film canisters to create mini-explosions. After some experimenting with just the right amounts, we got some decent results in which the canister hit the ceiling after a very loud "POP".
We had more fun shooting the lids across the room though!. Baking soda and vinegar were flying everywhere. It was a bit easier to clean up than the flour explosion fortunately. I swear the only way I get the floor mopped is after some minor experimenation disaster!
Next time we'll try the Alka-Seltzer method.

I have a good friend going through a major crisis in her life (really nasty custody fight she's lost) and ended up over here last night to get through a really rough spot. Sierra and Jalen love this friend, so we had a "slumber party" in Sierra's room. They thought it was pretty cool.
We ended the night sprawled across the floor, drinking tea, talking about the book "Walter the Farting Dog" and discussing garden plans for spring.

At 4:45am, I drug my sorry butt out the door to take Markus to the airport. He's flying to Portland, OR to visit his Dad and stepmom and drive a car back here. It's the first time he's been back to the NW since we moved in '98, so he's got some old friends and co-workers to look up. I'm putting in an order for Trader Joes!


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