Trailer Park Unschoolers

Because you don't need to be rich to unschool!


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Sorry, We’re Not Home Right Now

Actually, that’s kind of not true. We’ve either been in our yard or at the neighbor’s house. Well, all but today. Today it looks like it could rain any minute. We may stay in today.

The weather has been fantastic. After what seemed like the cold that would not die it was nice to get out in the sun. It was nice for me to get a chance to hang out with the neighbor too. It’s good for the kids too. They have a chance to be social with other kids and get some exercise.

The signs of spring are everywhere too. The early spring flowers are starting to come up. Leaf buds are starting to show on bushes and trees. It won’t be long before our back yard is shaded again, making it a nice place to play in the summer sun.

All the kids are enjoying it too. Even Corde is coming out to play with everyone. Yesterday she played horse and carriage, taking the rest of the kids to various locations in the backyard. It was good to see them all playing together.

Summer is right around the corner. Soon we’ll have all day to play in the sun. We’ll go on nature walks and maybe try to find a local geocash. We can start walking to the store and observing the local changes as we go. We should be able to get out to the local swimming hole. It should be a good summer, but for now we’ll be enjoying what we have.

It’s going to be a busy week. We have jujitsu, of course. We should be going all three days this week. Beekee has the Future Leaders Program, which has been picked up through April as well. Then there’s Easter which will be spent with the Neighbors as well. After that Corde has the week off, so we’ll be taking a break from formal schooling. We’ll be in unschooling mode! It’s going to be good! Yay for spring weather!

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It’s A Beautiful Day

You see what They’re wearing? That’s right, tees. Short sleeves outside is the look of the day. It was 60° out today! This really made everyone’s day. We almost skipped jujitsu so the kids could play outside instead. We probably should have gone out earlier in the day but I had no idea it would be so nice!

The walk was wonderful. It was tempting to just find an excuse to sidetrack off somewhere to keep walking in this warm weather, but we were on a mission. Still, we had a guy call out his car window to us, commenting on the lovely weather.

Of course, the walk was met with Luca being all kinds of corny. This is Luca being a robot, a running robot. Luca created this elaborate world where Luca was the villain and was trying to destroy the world, which never works as fate would have it for most villains. It was a fun walk.

Beekee and Sander were all kinds of things on their walk. They were adventurers, heroes, and in this case, carrying laser cannons to stop the villain. I think they were just happy not to have to wear jackets. It’s finally starting to be the kind of weather I like again, the weather we all like.

Soon we’re going to be doing a lot of stuff outside. We’re going to be observing the leaf buds on all the plants. We’ll start watching things grow and change. Hopefully the snow we got on Beekee’s birthday will be the last of the cold and we’ll be seeing some beautiful weather take hold.


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Two Days of Sun

Can I just tell you how amazing the past two days have been?  It’s been amazingly warm outside.  Who knew we’d have the windows open in February?  We took advantage of the nice weather and spent two days outdoors.  It was great!

Yesterday we wanted to go to the park, but we ended up playing at the neighbor’s house instead.  The kids had a blast.  They even busted out the water table to play on, that’s how warm it was.  They ended up coming home wet and happy.  Who can beat that?

The park day got pushed off for today instead.  The weather was even nicer, if you can believe that.  It was 68 out yesterday.  Today it peaked at 73!  From what the weather reports told us today was supposed to be cooler than yesterday.  I guess that tells you how accurate weather reports are!

The kids had a lot of fun at the park today.  They ran around for a good long while, longer than I’d anticipated.  We’d planned to stay for an hour but we ended up staying for almost two hours.  Now they’re eating a quick snack before it’s time to get dressed and ready for jujitsu.  (No, I really can’t go a post without mentioning it!)

img_20170224_142056_957I even got a couple of good pictures of the kids.  For some reason Beekee always looks so serious and intense in pictures.  As I’ve gone back through old pictures I’ve found this to be a regular thing throughout his life.  Funny how he’s so intense!

img_20170224_142205_769Corde, on the other hand, was hard to grab a picture of.  She was running from the camera like it would kill her.  She finally settled to let me take a picture of her when I told her I just wanted one good one.  Her personality really shines through!

img_20170224_142728_672Then there was Luca and the snow.  Luca was so excited to be standing in snow in sandals, shorts, and a t-shirt.  After being bundled up in the snow, it was a lot of fun to be able to stand in what little was left without having to wear layers.  As the kids said, “If only it was always like this in the snow!”

img_20170224_142854_424Speaking of standing in the snow…  Corde wanted to show what she was made of.  She said she wanted to be barefoot in the snow, see what it felt like.  Her answer to this?  “It felt mostly wet, like stepping on ice someone dropped on the floor.  It wasn’t really cold.”  I’ll take your word for it, Corde.  I certainly wasn’t going to find out!

img_20170224_151015_503Even Oz got into the fun.  He was playing zombies with the kids, then wanted to lay down with Sander on the double slides.  They were just laying there, looking so chill.  He really had a great time with the kids, though.  It was pretty awesome to see him playing with the kids again.  He hasn’t had much opportunity to play with the kids outdoors because of the weather, but today happened to be a perfect day for it.

Then, of course, there’s all the other observations we got to make.  Since Nika came with us, she observed how fun it was to chase shadows on the swings.  I couldn’t get a picture of it, but I wish I had.  Then there was the kids making footprints in the sand.  I managed to get my boots slogged in the wet sand when I was going to take pictures.  I started to feel like I would be stuck there forever!

I kept an eye out on the way home to see if we could spot any other signs of spring.  We didn’t see any, but I hear the crocuses are starting to come up.  I saw some of what looked like leaf buds beginning to form on some trees on my walk earlier.  I just didn’t see any when I was out with the kids.  I have a feeling we’re going to see other signs of spring coming up here soon.

It seems like Mr. Groundhog was wrong this year.  We’re not going to have six more weeks of winter at all.  Granted, we did get one more storm, so maybe that’s what the groundhog was predicting, that winter wasn’t quite over yet.  Either way, it looks like spring is finally here now and I’m glad for it.  We’ve got the windows open and are letting in the warm, fresh air.  It’s beautiful out.  Best of all, it’s not quite going to be dark by the time the kids have to go off to jujitsu.  They’re still going to get to enjoy some of the nice weather for just a little bit longer.  That’s definitely going to be a nice walk to class!