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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, June 17, 2006

Columbia part 2

We lost electricity the next night too!! Learned to roll Sushi first though.:)
It was really cool seeing a table full of kids and adults learning the fine art of pressing the rice into the seaweed just so, adding their ingredients and rolling them with the bamboo mat. Even Trevor (my meat and potatoes guy) rolled a beautiful one and ate almost the entire thing himself.

Played Apples to Apples around candlelight again, while the rain and wind put on a show. Electricity was back around 5:30am. The weather cleared up for the pool party at least. Got to hang out all day with unschoolers, my kids were thrilled to see folks we meet up with at the conference usually. Arielle goaded Trevor into shaving his head with her....he's got a mohawk now!! She shaved all her hair off, gutsy gal that she is.

It was really great making those connections again. There are so many moments etched into my mind from the weekend, that stand out because all of these children are so unusual. Yes, unusual.

We were watching TV (and man is TIVO awesome!) and during a Lucky Charms commercial Jared asked how long the cereal had been around. I replied that I didn't know, but they existed when I was a kid. Kelly also remembered them from when she was young.
So it was time for Google of course!! We learned the year they were first invented, how the creators developed the cereal and that it was the fastest cereal to go from conception to marketing ever in history! During this entire expedition into cereal, the kids (and I) were asking questions. Everyone was curious and interested. Kelly sat at the computer and read off the information as it came up.

I think that's one of the best things about unschooled kids, the constant and enduring curiosity about all sorts of information! Very cool.

Another moment is when Trevor sneezed. Duncan said "Gesundheit" and Trevor responds "thanks Duncan". They're sweet because it makes sense. They're sweet because the adults in their lives treat them with kindness. I'm constantly amazed by their generous spirits and kindness. Earlier, Duncan was offering to buy us some anime we all enjoy, with his ALLOWANCE money!! His life is full and rich, he doesn't hesitate to share with others.

The drive home was rather quiet (unlike the drive down which was full of bubbly conversation; every topic from ghosts, dimensions, belief systems, music and more were covered) and sleepy. As soon as we got through Asheville we started driving back up into the mountains. It felt SO good. I love that when we hit the mountains, it feels like home. The view shifted around every turn, layers of blue and green hills rolling in every direction. Mary Youngblood's beautiful flute played in the CD player and I could feel the connection to this place, to the Cherokee roots here. It's good to be a mountain dweller.

Worked my first shift at MAC tonight, feels good to be doing what I love again!

As I type this, Sierra and Jalen are folding the laundry that was sitting at the end of my bed all day. Pleasant surprise out of the ether. They just asked me to help put it all away, so off to assist my very kind Zen masters.


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