Today was our Not Back to school Picnic. Our homeschool group has grown to 43 families.
We had a great turn out. a huge pot luck of deserts, but they were lightly touched as the bees are out in full force this time of year.
So today while the public school kids were closed up in stuffy classroms packed with kids, still at their desks, my kids spent 6 hours outside with friends old and new. Running, climbing in trees, sliding on slides, play sword fighting with sticks (from age 2 to 12). The day was packed full and we are all tired.
It is also a reminder that each morning they will get a decent sleep while P.S. kids are up early and learning before their eyes are open (it has been proven this is an un-natural schedule for teens). They will work in a place that is comfortable (kitchen tables, padded high back desk chairs, arm chairs and couches. They will finish work before the P.S. kids and have more time outside, getting exercise. They will have P.E. regularly (getting family membership at the YMCA). They will not be bullied. They will not have busy work. They will be taught a subject until they understand it (weather that be a day, week or month). They will never fail. Meanwhile their P.S. counter parts will be required to understand things in a pre set amount of time. If they do not they will fail...if they grow bored, they may also fail. My kids will never miss a beautiful outside day, and yet will still manage to finish a year sooner. They will have field trips of interest, often. An many will be affordable. They will deepen their family relationships.
Yes Not Back To School is a wonderful time of year full of hope that will be nurtured, looked after and fulfilled.
To all my fellow homeschooling Moms I wish "Good Luck, Best Wishes" in your Not Back To School Time, weather it has begun already, just starting , or starting at some completely different time. And I fee confident that such good fortune will come your way,cuz what can be better then parents raising their children day to day?
I took pics today but I also got a new phone so I have yet to figure out how to send. I got an iphone (so excited to play with it later). When I do learn (soon) I will have pics of our goings on.