For me, one of the biggest perks of homeschooling is the flexibility of it. We don't HAVE to take off for Presidents Day or Spring break or parent teacher conferences or all of Summer. We can take days off as needed or when we plain just feel like it.
Thursday's are typically grocery shopping/errand days around here. It's usually a rush to get home to put away all the groceries and get lunch on the table before nap time (for ALL of them), so no "school work" gets done then. But the thing is, even when we aren't doing "school" we are still learning. As we drive in the van we talk about highways and speed limits and the differences between cities and towns. We learn the names of the produce, and try and find things that start with A, B, C, etc.
They also learn how to behave and to politely interact with people in public. Whether it's responding to the checkout girl asking how old they are or the nice old man tickling the babies toes and telling me I have my hands full (which I never do; thank you grocery carts and baby slings!)
Dean's store, Rochester Appliance, is in the same plaza as one of the stores we go to every week. It's always fun to end our shopping day at daddy's shop. The boys can throw around a ball with dad and say hi to the fishies before we head home.
Some days, when work isn't too crazy for Dean, I will drop off Will before I do my shopping, and he will work with daddy learning how to fix appliances. They will diagnose it, fix it and get it clean and ready to sell!
With a little help from daddy, he took pictures and posted ads on Craigslist.
Together they have fixed and sold 3 machines!
Their original plan was to use their profits (after repair costs and tithing) to buy a remote control car (or as the cool kids call it, an RC car), but with some persuasion they decided to buy a microscope instead!
They've had fun looking at hairs, salt, dead bugs and their favorite so far, dirty water from Lake Ontario!
I love that my kids aren't only learning academically, but great life skills as well!