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The Big Kick-Off

August 21, 2010

The big kick-off

It’s that time of year.  Preparing to escort your child into and through the next year of learning and experience.  With a last glance over your shoulder at the year you’ve left behind, you face forward, take a breath, and take the first step on the new journey. Exciting.  Scary.  Exhilarating.

We had our Back-to-School Bash at Phillipe Park today.  We snagged the perfect shelter:  right next to the kick ball field, a short walk from the rock and rope playground, and ten feet from the water fountain with side faucet that turned out to be the hit of the day.

We started out with kickball.  We’re not very competitive – Everybody won.

About the time it started to drizzle we relocated to the rock and rope playground.

Why did the children cross the road? It doesn't matter as long as they looked both ways first.

Note the T-shirts.  They say H.E.A.R.T. on the back, which stands for “Home Educations Are Really Terrific.”  HEART is also the name we’ve given our group.  But I digress.

So we herded our little monkeys to the rocks and ropes and let ’em go.  Acrobatics and daring feats of strength and coordination soon ensued.

And over half the gang hadn't even arrived yet!

Our friend tests the law of gravity. Yes, it still works.

Where there are children outdoors, there will be a science lesson.  We discovered today’s lesson squirming under the wet leaves.

Showing off a squiggle find

Shane examines the find a little closer

We returned our squirmy friend to his home, then went back for lunch.  In the spirit of community, everyone brought something.  Fruit, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, relish tray, chips, drinks, and lots of cookies and dessert.

Delish!

Right about now the drizzle had turned to rain.  And the kids discovered the side faucet on the water fountain.  And a group sharing our shelter happened to have some extra water balloons.  And you can imagine the rest.  But here’s a picture or two to help your imagination.

If they focus this much on their school work, they'll graduate from High School next May.

The project continues

Soaked, tired, and extremely pleased with themselves, our kids posed for a group picture.  Don’t you love the shirts?

Our homeschool group.

It’s going to be a good year.

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  1. August 22, 2010 1:58 am

    What a great post, Dee! I actually have tears in my eyes thinking about what a great day it was. You could really see the joy in all the kids’ faces as they ran freely through the rain and stomped in the mud… Great pictures too. Thanks for sharing.

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