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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......

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Wacky weather

Yesterday, it felt like spring. It was up near 60 degrees, sunny, great gardening weather. We woke up this morning to SNOW! Crazy. John is over here and the kids spent most of the morning sledding while I followed them around taking pictures and laughing at their antics. They built a sledding ramp of packed snow which launched them into the air just enough to be fun without breaking a tail bone. Jalen was eating snow like mad. I'm not sure it was all snow he ate, the dirt was getting mixed in rapidly. There he goes, immunizing himself again. Hurray for natural immunizations!!

Sierra "painted" with snow out on the deck, using food dye mixed with water. There is a lovely blob of colorful snow outside the window, topped off with birdseed. I'm not sure the birds will appreciate the color, but I sure love it!

We had a small party last night, with some of our new homeschool friends. It was so great to see the kids laughing with a group of people that appreciated some of their interests...anime, Magic the Gathering, video games etc... Jared's room was absolutely filled to the brim, but that's where all the gaming was set up, so that's where they wanted to be (including the only Dad in attendance).

It's so great to be meeting people that are so open minded and accepting of our unusual lifestyle! Heck, they're just as unusual, that's the great part.:) One of the families is planning to start an anime screening group and my boys would like to get a D&D group going. Slowly, slowly it's starting to feel like home. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by interesting people.

Sierra has crafted a square for the quilt and I need to start on mine. When we were shopping for fabrics, we met this interesting lady named Lydia who gave us loads of good ideas and even took my email addy saying she wants to join Imagination Tribe. So much for "don't talk to strangers", that's how we find FRIENDS!

Sierra vowed to never remove the pants that she and Mary sewed the other day, but a ketchup blob changed her mind. Thank goodness. I finally got them washed so she can wear them day and night again.

Markus called last night during the party and caught me up on his travels. He's still in Vancouver/Portland with his Dad and had met up with several former co-workers and friends in the last few days. It was great to hear how they were all doing. Rick's F&D folks asked him to come work for them more than once...he felt honored. I don't think anyone could talk him into living in the NW again, but a paying job would sure be nice about now!

As I sit here, the lovely sounds of a sweet potato ocarina drift into the room. John is playing the ocarina his mother bought him, he's been playing it off and on all day. Earlier, I pulled out one of my ocarina's and played "Amazing Grace" with him, not bad for a first time but we discovered our songbooks were just different enough to make it not work perfectly.
He's playing it again right now. This child that has been forced into school against his will, this child that has been taken away from his mother and is suffering much emotional trauma over it. I hear the sound of hope and healing in his songs.


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