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

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

LEAP Olympics

Ok, so we didn't do so much Olympic-esque things as we did lounge around Lenore's pool house (yes, a house by the pool) but the oh-so-hot and humid weather was not really accomodating relay races and potato sacks, you know??But whatever. We're unschoolers and we do whatever we damn well please. That's the whole point! However, a spontaneous pool race took place for a few minutes... please note none of my offspring are involved.My children choose to particiapte in more dignified activities. Like harrassing LEAP teens so they'll toss you around the pool and push you in because you really deserve it.Or keeping hydrated by drinking water from frisbees.Or just the regular ol' sassin'-yo-mama routine.
Here's to the first (annual?) LEAP Olympics!

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