This year we’re really looking forward to finding some more unschooling types of opportunities. We want to get away from the traditional book schooling as much as possible so we can hopefully break away from it entirely. At least that’s the goal.
We wanted to start out this weekend with ice skating at the local rink, but it looks like that’s not happening. It was 10°F (-12°C) out there with a -9°F (-22°C) wind chill. It’s expected to be about the same all week, which is not exactly the ideal kind of temperature to go ice skating in.
In truth, we’re finding it’s not the temperature to do much of anything, really. The kids want to be sitting up on the chairs in the living room because they’re soft, comfy, and warm. They don’t want their feet on the floor where the icy draft blows. It’s especially tough because they like to work on the floor in the living room, which is the coldest floor in the house. It means we won’t be doing much work out there until the temperature rises. I don’t want the kids to be freezing.
Next week Corde goes back to school. It isn’t going to be much warmer then. (I guess I’d better get her hat finished!) I kind of wish she didn’t have to be standing out in the cold waiting for that bus in this weather. It has me wishing she would make up her mind on homeschooling. Then she wouldn’t have to be out in that cold, but the experience of the exploratory shops is good for her, so there is something to be said about that.
I think if we get back to “school” next week we’ll probably be working in the kitchen, with the space heater out there to warm our toes while we work. It’s not as drafty as the living room, but it’s still not exactly warm. We’ll probably be working with hot chocolate, just for the fun of it.
This cold is definitely putting a damper on the things we wanted to do this winter. We don’t exactly want to be out in the cold. I think this means next year we’ll have to plan ahead, just in case. We just weren’t expecting this cold so soon!