This morning I had a call from the friends we spent time with yesterday.  They had smoke fires around their place and needed to vacate quickly for the morning.  Can they come around?  “Well, Yes” I replied, “but we will do activities – I’ll think of something.”  Foremost in my mind was the fact that the kids played all yesterday (you may remember my blog entry on the value of play) and I wanted today to be a good focus day. 

 

When I told my kids that the Conley’s were coming but we were going to do something together they were disappointed.  Jess then gave me a lecture on the value of play, the learning value of play.  I seriously suspected her of reading my blog that very morning!  I was convicted…. I had fallen into that trap yet again of making learning a prescribed event in our day to be controlled by my planning.


So here they are – all busy playing, even as I type.  They have played outside for a while with horses on sticks that one of the girls has made for everyone.  MC has gone to visit someone else while baby Phillip takes a nap.   Now the rest of the kids are inside – Josh is listening to Story on tape while filing his notebooks, the rest of them are sewing with felt and wool.  I wonder what wonderful creations will come out of this playtime.

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