This time we took our canoe, and my daughter brought her kayak. It wasn't an uneventful day on the river though. I have to admit, I stayed behind and enjoyed some quiet time reading a book. And to be completely honest, the last time I went out on the water with my husband, he tipped us into the water. I didn't want a repeat of that! I didn't want it for our daughter Samantha, either, since this was actually her first time in a canoe. So I sent her with our friend and his daughter.
My husband and our son went in our canoe, while Amber took her kayak.
|My husband & Noah loading our canoe, while Amber helps load her kayak.|
|She's smiling. Must've been before the spider episode|
Amber came back about a half hour later, exasperated by the water spiders that had crawled into her canoe! She says there were hundreds of them! Thank God she didn't tip the kayak over trying to get away from them. I wish I could say the same for my husband and son.
Noah tells me that as his dad was talking to our friends in the other canoe, he started to lean to one side and before he could try to balance the canoe back, they were falling over and into the water! See. I'm so glad I wasn't in that canoe! Especially since there was an alligator sunning near the edge of the water just down the river from us....and I'm sure there was more than one. Our friends managed to get a picture of them as they were getting back in the canoe. Too bad they didn't get pictures of the alligator. But I'm glad to report everyone made it back to the campsite safely.
literature-based word lists by grade level. We found a vocabulary word list for Because of Winn Dixie and have been using that this week. And she's been doing some of her copywork from the book, which is also helping her grammar, punctuation and penmanship. See, school work doesn't have to be boring. She doesn't mind copy work from one of her favorite books. I could have her copy from the dictionary or an encyclopedia. Ugh. I remember my grandfather used to have me do that. And I wasn't homeschooled! He used to keep a notebook of vocabulary words that he found in the dictionary that were new to him. I guess that's where I get my love of words from, but copy work from dictionaries? No, I don't think so.
Do you have any memories of educational tools you used as a kid that you use or wouldn't use with your kids?