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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, June 06, 2006


Trevor almost stepped on a small snake when leaving his room this morning. We often leave the garage door open (his room was built in a corner of the garage) and it had slithered in. He picked it up and took it out to the garden where we all ran out to inspect our little visitor. Apparently, it was fairly mild-mannered because it didn't coil up once or act like it wanted to bite, just get away. It finally headed for the brush pile (yes, the same one in the background of the photo featured in People mag). We finally saw our first snake in TN! Now to try and identify it....the only thing we know is it wasn't poisonus since this region's toxic snakes are either pit vipers or coral snakes.
Pit vipers all have the typical "A" shaped head and this one was pretty sleek, as snakes go. It must have shed it's skin recently too, since it was very shiny with a well-defined pattern.

Visited the Kid's museum again today, where the new rotating exhibit is all about race cars. They had a large fish tank filled with 160,000 M & M's, as an example of how many people fit into the Bristol race track. Cripes! That's a whole city. Markus informed me that one of the bigger race tracks can hold upwards of 400,000 people.

My first thought was "DANG! You can only convince about 100,000-150,000 people in this entire country that unschooling is a viable option, but 400,000 people will converge into one place to watch some damn cars drive in a bloody circle!!!"
I've always thought it would be fun to race a car, but obviously I'm not a NASCAR fan. It's kinda like watching golf.....dull as all get-out. I'd rather have my teeth cleaned or mop the floors.


Blogger Chelee said...

I'm with you on the whole car race thing. For me it would be like watching paint dry. Now watching my kids play...I could do that for hours.

7:44 PM  

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