"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Gym & Swim

The latest activity we've started going to with our fellow unschoolers is Gym & Swim at the Boys & Girls Club of Nashua. For an hour and a half, we've got the whole place to ourselves - well, us and another local homeschooling group who originally secured the place. The kids LOVE it. Gabriel especially. That kid could gym and swim all day, every day. He runs around the gym like he owns the place, dribbling basketballs, playing "mushroom" with the huge parachute, and following slightly behind (and admiring) the bigger boys - all of whom are homeschooled and are used to (and don't mind) a 4 year year tagging along.
Simone spends her gym time dribbling a soccer ball around and around like a pro. She's very good at not letting it get too far ahead of herself. She'll also stand shyly (is that a word?) beside the big girls waiting for one of them to help her get a handle on the parachute. It's so cute.

Both kids really enjoy the water even though it's a tad cold according to the mommies! Gabriel is a mad man in the pool, doing laps, kicking away, splashing and even swimming on his back. Simone divides her time between telling me to go away and don't touch her to "hold me mommy!hold me!".

And super-lucky for all of us, Caden stays home with Grandma. Yes, life in Hudson is still treating us well. ;)

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