Last week we took a Sabbath Week. You may remember that last year that we arranged our school year around six week increments, taking the seventh week off as a “Sabbath Week,” in which we were supposed to relax and refuel, recharge our learning engines, as it were.
We started school this year on July 15th because it was too hot to do anything else and we were out of money in the “Escape to North Carolina” envelope. Also, I thought that if we could get eighteen weeks of school in before December, we could take December off. That still gives us a little leeway, even if we take a week or two off somewhere else in our pre-December schedule.
So last weekend, when I was “preparing to prepare” for the school week ahead, I received a text from Sennie over at Our Mothership Adventures informing us of a homeschool day at the Florida Aquarium on Thursday. We were already planning to take the day off on Monday to go to Legoland on the homeschool discount, so I knew there was no way we would get through Sonlight Week 11 in the two other possible days we would have to do school (Friday is co-op day).
And I know that you are thinking — “Why be a slave to Sonlight’s Week? Just split it up and start where you leave off the next week.”
Well, actually, if you’re thinking that, you are obviously new to this blog and don’t know me at all . . . because I am the mom who cannot do “Day 4″ work on a Monday because Monday is “Day 1.” That would just lead to anarchy in this house.
So to save my sanity, I called the school week off.
The children accepted my decision with stoic resignation. Not really — they took to the streets rejoicing that they were going to have all week to build The Battle at Helm’s Deep lego set that they intended to purchase with their pooled savings on Monday at Legoland.
If you’re a homeschooler, you know that even Legoland can offer up quality educational experiences for your kids. (And if you’re new to homeschooling, this is the post to which you can refer when you need relief from the guilt of taking a day off.)
For example, Mace got his first real lesson in physics. He’s never ridden a roller coaster, but decided last Monday that his day had come.
So Mace learned that what goes up must come down . . . and that sometimes while what was once going up is coming down, what was in (like breakfast) may also come out. As we were screaming around our first turn, Mace yelled, “I think I’m going to throw up.” So I yelled, “Oh no, you’re not!” And he didn’t. So I guess he also learned about the power of the mind over the stomach. Great life lesson that he will use countless times in the future.
In addition to physics, Casey and Mace also learned about the weight of water. They rode the Chima water ride no less than four times, each time getting more and more soaked.
I had goaded Casey into changing his Crocs for tennis shoes and socks before we left the house. Mace stood firm in his Crocs shoe choice, however, and I decided to let him face the consequences of his choice. As it turns out, Mace was perfectly happy in his airy and dry Crocs after Chima, but Casey walked around all day in soaking wet socks and shoes.
Isn’t parenting awesome? It is forever biting you on the booty.
But I digress.
We also learned about cause and effect at the Chima ride. If you stick out your tongue at people on the ride . . .
they will shoot you. Classic cause and effect.
And y’all know already how I feel about water-skiing mini-figures.
I could watch those guys defy the laws of gravity all day long. I really could.
So next time you want to take a day off for what you think will be just a fun day with no educational value, remember this: as long as you can work in a 20 foot Pharaoh made out of Legos . . . .
. . . it counts as education.