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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......

Monday, October 29, 2007

Rock Creek with La

We met some friends up at Rock Creek last week, our favorite mucking about place. Unfortunately, the drought took away our swimming hole because the creek it feeds from is all but gone. The kids had a great time in spite of our disappointment, but it was shocking to see how badly this weather has affected our mountain streams.

Usually the kids all dare each other to swim out to this ledge. The water is cold even in the heat of summer, so it's a big challenge to see who will make it first.

The creek bed is a mere trickle of water now.

We were entertained by this odd assortment of actors. :) We told stories and befriended a wandering feline in the amphitheatre. Brandon showed us his handsprings. I swear that kid is made of springs and rubber, like Tigger.

Building Obos was the favorite activity by far. Silas sculpts with rocks above. I'm throwing in the pic below just for kicks. The child in the foreground with the long dreads is Silas before his haircut! I loved his dreads but apparently his head feels lighter now.:)

Jalen was uber concentrated while building his creation. He stacked and stacked....

...with an occasional rock thrown on by a passing friend....

...and then it was done. He sits back with a satisfied look on his face, proud of his work.

It's a good thing I snapped a few shots when I did because a few moments later his sculpture collapsed, Jalen was pissed and he wanted to go home.

Sadie's happy feet balance on a rock.

A sprawl of artists, picking out materials for their stacks. Laura's funky, joyful energy inspires me greatly! Another great day at Rock Creek, this time without the water play. Let it rain, let it rain, let it pour.


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