If I have learned one thing since we began our journey of homeschooling it is the art of flexibility. As someone who likes to have control of all aspect of her life being flexible is not something that comes easy. Our week started off a bit ‘rocky’. I had very crabby kids, arguments galore, tears, and just plain drama all the way around. My initial thought was go by the ‘planned’ routine. Which ‘do’ school. However, things did not quite work out like that; our “attempt” was very ‘sour’ and everything except productive. Therefore, this Momma who is learning to be a bit more ‘flexible’ pulled the plug on school and called it an impromptu field trip day!! Can you believe it?I packed the kids up, packed quick lunches, and we were out the door in 30minutes. 1hour later we were working on a farm at Green Field Village!!
K.Bear and Pumpkin shucked corn for the pigs and the remaining stalks will be used for cow feed. The farmers were wonderful and taught the kids the importance of hard work and the benefits of farming simultaneously. This was much better than learning it in our text book!! Tossing the corn in the wagon was a big hit…even Mr. Smiles participated (unfortunately, I have no pictures since I had to pick him up in order to throw in the corn).
Another big hit was the chickens (we spent a lot of time there..Oooing at them) the kids loved the noise from the rooster and the quiet waddling of the hens. Pumpkin then announced “Momma I think we should have some quiet chickens in our back yard..” My reply “our neighbors would love it…”
Although, we did not ride the train on this particular visit we had a great view while we ate our lunch. The fall colors on the trees, the cool breeze blowing, and the chug of the train was truly something out of a book.
The mode of transportation we chose for the afternoon was the horse drawn covered wagon. Since we have been learning about the 1800’s in history everything in the village seemed to correspond wonderfully. It was as if we were “living” our history lessons for the day!
In the end…I had 3! Yes, 3 sleeping kids on the way home and the “art” of flexibility really paid off. We learned tons, shared many great memories, and ended the day on a high note. A much better way to wrap up the day instead of the downward spiral we were heading into. Thank goodness for the ability to know when to call it quits. It is not easy to leave your comfort zone at times. Life on earth may not always be comfortable or convenient. However, God will walk with us to move forward in times of trial, when accepting new challenges, and accepting all that comes our way!