[Note: This post is part of a 31 day focus on read-aloud. To see the entire list, go here: 31 Days of Read-Aloud.]
Humor me, because I’m not sure what this post has to do with read-aloud! Perhaps nothing. Although, one of my favorite places to read, hands down, is at a coffee shop with a friend. So I think I may have been trying to re-create that experience yesterday with my kids. With slightly different results. 😉
In the last couple of years, I have evolved into a homebody. I’m not sure why or how this happened, but I no longer have the urge to leave the house every day, and am actually quite happy not leaving the house for days at a time.
Today, however, I felt that old familiar feeling of boredom. (Or perhaps ennui is a better word.) So I decided to pack up the kids and head to Starbucks. Sometimes, you just want to take the homeschool outside. Sometimes we take it to the park. It was an absolutely beau-ti-geous morning, after last night’s heavy rain. This time we took it to Starbucks.
We ordered our various hot beverages and sat down to do a little writing assignment (the middle kids), math (younger) and history (oldest).
If it was action and adventure I was looking for, I found it. There was a damsel in distress, a tragedy, a hero, and even frightening wild creatures. And dwarves.
I handed out papers and pastries and pencils and began enjoying my cafe, al fresco.
But once the toddler was done with her madeleines (which took all of 60 seconds), she refused to sit.
So we took turns walking her around the outside seating area.
Then there was a hot beverage casualty.
That’s a $3.50 Caramel Macchiato folks. Not mine, I don’t have such expensive tastes. It was the 10 year old’s (I paid $1.50, she ponied up the $2).
The next thing I knew, her big brother was walking inside the Starbucks to ask the baristas for mercy. And a refill. I almost stopped him, because I thought she should be taught a lesson in all this about fancy coffee drinks and how one needs to be careful if one is to spend the bulk of one’s weekly income on a beverage… but thought better of it, because the better lesson was that her eldest brother was the Hero.
Ruby found a “wormie”. She is fascinated with “wormies”, and they were everywhere due to the rainstorm.
I hope she didn’t manhandle the little guy to death.
Do you ever take the books to another location to break up the homeschool routine a bit?
I read a chapter of Little Farm in the Ozarks to the girls. Normally I don’t like to start a new chapter book with them before I’ve completed the last (and we’re still working on he Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place), but I can’t find the book due to the fact that my living room is still turned upside down, and will be until the painter is done.