I've lost track of how many play dates and field trips I've counted as a school day this year. It's been a lot. A whole lot. And, even for those days when we're out and about doing things that are very unofficially school, I can still chalk it off as an official school day with a quick hour or two of reading and math work when we get home. The flexibility is beautiful.
Earlier this week we met my cousin and her boys for a day of fun - and learning - at the Riverbanks Zoo. Which, if you're in the Carolina's and haven't ventured there yet, it's a fantastic zoo and is one of the best zoo's our family has visited. (And we've been to a lot of zoo's!)
To hustle out of the rain, our first stop was the penguin house, and, amazingly, when we left the building the rain had stopped, the clouds were gone, and the sun was out. Perfect.
After four hours of walking, my little crew was tuckering out. No one whined or had a tired attitude, but I could see the dawdle in their steps and their frequent request for a drink or a snack. After packing up to go, I had two sleeping kids before I was even a handful or miles down the highway. That left just Grady Lee and I to chat for the hour and a half drive home."The zoo has lots of cool animals, Mom. And it's even cooler that God is so inventive to know how to make to make them, huh?"
"It's kind of strange that zoo keepers know how many animals are dying and about to be extinct but they don't know about all the babies that die in their mommies' tummies. That's kind of sad."
"I think that petting the giraffe's was my favorite. Maybe someday if we have a bigger backyard we can get one. Or even just borrow one for a while."
"I like going on trips with our family because we get to all be together and learn about nature. And, I can be a helper to push the stroller so you don't get so tired, right?"