Last week was our week off from CC, the first quarter break meaning that 25% of our Classical Conversation year is already through. We put the time to good use, driving north to South Carolina to help my sis-in-law move. Fun times! We didn’t do much exploring due to the amount of work that needed to be accomplished but could not resist spending one morning at the Charles Town Landing for some exercise and some learning too. Great chance for a photo op! There weren’t many more colorful leaves in Charleston than in Jacksonville, but the kids did like searching for the few colorful leaves they were able to find!
The kids hadn’t seen their cousins for a few months and it was high time for a visit. We got to see their brand new house too. We’re super happy for them and put our well-honed military packing skills to use. Moving into a new home is so exciting! That’s one part I love about moving, even when it’s not my own move. There was plenty to do. We snuck in a bit of school work in the mornings, before cousin A got home from Kindergarten and there was no chance the kids would do bookwork. One of our favorite, inexpensive places to visit in Charleston is the Charles Town Landing. A few field trip groups also thought it would be a great day for an outing. We still had fun and got so much exercise! The day was cool(ish) and the animals were so active. The black bear was busily walking about his enclosure. The buffalo were bellowing. The deer were busy. The kids made bouquets of yellow leaves and raced each other from one enclosure to the next. When we weren’t surrounded by hordes of field-tripping middle schoolers, it was fantastic.
School is back in session today in our house, back to CC and the business of our daily lives. One beautiful part about homeschooling is that it’s possible to take off for a week and still get school done along the way. The kids were shocked at just how early their little cousin has to get up to get on the school bus. He is up at 5:45 am to be on the bus before 7, before my kids are even up. They’re done with school before he gets home and they have no homework. We do have very busy days, but there’s also so much more time for the things we enjoy in life. Such as heading to the cousin’s house for a while to hang out and help them when they need it. Not having to meet that school bus early in the morning is one of my favorite things about homeschooling to be sure. It’s easy to forget that!
We learned a lot at the Charles Town Landing even though we’d been before. The kids learned about native South Carolina animals and watched them frolic in their natural habitats. They toured a merchant ship and learned to tie sea worthy knots. They tried their luck in life as settlers of various stations and tried on all sort of costumes. That was fun! The wealthy merchant’s jacket was so heavy, I can’t imagine how they would have worn that in hot South Carolina! The stocks were fun and useful too. Hopefully the kids retained a thing or two!
Our week with the cousins flew by too quickly. Back to life as normal!