Like any other homeschooling mama, I've had my nagging concerns about the "socialization" of my children when I chose to withdraw them from a public school setting. At the same time, I'm well aware that one of the many benefits of homeschooling is that it draws siblings closer together than they would be otherwise. I think this is certainly becoming the case in our family. I love seeing my guys interact and converse with one another in a relaxed, pressure-free setting. To me, this is a much more natural example of socialization than what often occurs in a setting where only same-age children are grouped together. (Think bullying........pressure to "fit in".........pack mentality.) So let the worm-habitat-building continue! What a fantastic way to spend "recess" on a beautiful fall day! I'm going to go photograph the worm so you can see for yourself why I love homeschooling!
Sidenote: All this industriousness has been accompanied by the tap-tap-tapping of a hammer........my youngest is busy opening walnuts he's gathered from the backyard. A squirrel's best friend in the making indeed.
Sadly, the photographer fears that the subject matter may be (ahem) deceased. Please be forewarned that the contents of the next two photos may not be suitable for young children.
The little purplish-pink spot in the center/left is the worm. Or perhaps I should say was the worm. My son told me the worm had been moving right before I came outside, so there may yet be hope.
Just keeping it real here...........documenting the muddy fingerprints all over the door from multiple trips inside for water using mud-covered hands to get in and out........
And let's not forget the mud-covered kitchen faucet. Homeschooling may not be for those who like to keep a pristine home at all times. My philosophy.........if you don't get a little dirty, was it really that much fun? (Inwardly I cringe a bit when I see mud-strewn around my living space BUT I try as much as possible to keep my mouth shut. In this case, I did throw out a couple of feeble, "Honey, don't touch anything with your mud-covered hands, okay?...........these words were mostly ignored. :-)