Last week my old friend (and new neighbor), who just recently started homeschooling, spent the night in our pop-up camper with her kids while her husband was working on the floors in their house. Since it was a school night, we got to homeschool together and it was so fun! Here Delahne is telling the kids the story about the Pilgrims who so longed for religious freedom, they left everything behind and boarded a cargo ship and sailed for two and a half months to a territory they had never seen. The boat was 106 1/2 feet long, and held 100 passengers. The kids all guessed the size of the Mayflower by leaving a chalk mark from one side of the boat to the other. I was a little surprised that out of all these smart kids, 4 yr. old Hope won the prize. She was only about 2 feet off. :)
Where the girls are standing marks one end of the Mayflower, and where the boys are marks the other end. We all tried to imagine what it would be like living for almost an entire summer break, stuck with the same 100 people....eating, sleeping, cooking, going to the bathroom...and yes, probably being sick, one who died, and one who gave birth, right there in the same packed Mayflower. Once I read that there wasn't even enough room for everybody to all lay down at the same time. Wow. This little activity made it so much more real. Thanks Delahne. Next time I want to compare the Mayflower with the Titanic and the Ark. We might need a longer measuring device. :)
The kids are racing from one end to the other.
On our walk back up the road, the girls stopped to say hello to our neighbors.....
Here the girls are making "homemade modeling clay" out of the floor contents of the barn. I don't even want to think about what might be in that modeling clay.
And this is a homeschooler's version of "socialization":