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First Day of School at the Seattle Aquarium

First Day of School at the Seattle Aquarium

I had every intention of starting school yesterday. Really. Even with all of the action around our house lately. But we seem to be beginning our year in a less-than-auspicious manner. Sunday night when I went to install our Switched-On-Schoolhouse science curriculum on our old(er) laptop…it crashed the computer. This is a computer program I purchased on sale way back in the spring. Two programs actually, third and sixth grade. I figured this would be a great way for my children to learn science in a fun way. Very little work from me, they would be learning computer skills at the same time. We’re still not quite sure what we’re going to do about this little complication.

Mordecai, Hezekiah, an Tucker at the Seattle Aquarium.

 Mordecai (6), Tucker (2), Hezekiah (4) certainly look like they’re learning something on their first day of school.

I intended to stay up Monday night making that last few copies and setting up things for school the next morning (including fun “school lunches”) to celebrate our first day. But instead, I arrived home at nearly ten o’clock with Enoch, stitches, and antibiotics. I was exhausted, physically and mentally. Anyone who knows me, knows I fade fast past about 9:30. And I’m not responsible for anything I say or do past ten. So instead of staying up late finishing up details, I went to bed.

Keziah at the Seattle aquarium
Keziah and Ezra are learning. Although I’m not so sure they like what they’re learning.

Chuck wasn’t working yesterday, so I figured I could sneak off for a few minutes and finish my copies. And that probably would have worked. Except my printer was being stubborn, and refused to work until Chuck came and sweet talked it. Basically, anything that could wrong did. Chuck looked at the beautiful weather outside and suggested a trip to the aquarium.

Picnic at the Seattle Aquarium aquarium

But of course, Enoch couldn’t walk around the aquarium. Thankfully his grandparents had planned a drive up to Mt. Baker and cheerfully agreed to take him along. So we drove to the aquarium, with our “school lunches” and had a lovely picnic by the sea. The weather was absolutely perfect.
Seattle Aquarium

And since it is so early in the school year, there were no school groups. Mostly just adults and parents with preschoolers, so we got plenty of attention from the aquarium workers.

Adalia  Seattle aquarium

Adalia (12)

And so we went. And learned. And had fun. And created another memory.
Octopus at the Seattle Aquarium

As a homeschooling mom, it is sometimes easy to wonder if our children are learning at all. They often seem to be counting lint on the floor, scratching their leg, or staring at the ceiling while we “teach”.

Hezekiah at Seattle Aquarium

 But then we have moments like this when four-year-old Hezekiah came up to me excitedly saying, “Mama, Mama, look two Cow Fish!
And you know what? There were two Cow Fish, which Hezekiah recognized from a book we read during our study of the ocean this summer.
So I guess you could say they are definitely learning.
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