I love that homeschooling allows us a lot of flexibility. We took two days off because Storyteller was sick. I was excited to get back to our normal routine on the third day but the girls had something else in mind. They headed upstairs as I finished up my breakfast and cleaned up. By the time I was ready they were playing so well together. I ended up staying downstairs and listening to them for quite awhile.
They had a tea party and then set up a dress shop. They laid out all of their dress up dresses and accessories, set up the cash register and took turns being the customer and store owner. Storyteller was singing the whole time so it sounded like she was in a musical! I was so thankful that I could just let them be instead of interrupting them to get ready for school and out the door on time. We didn’t have to abide by anyone else’s schedule but our own. What they learned during that time was more important than anything else I had planned for the day. They negotiated, took turns, acted out story lines, resolved conflicts and compromised…all without an adult’s intervention. And they did it while singing which was just adorable! Oh, and they’re only 5 and 2 1/2 years old. That was a great way to kick off our day!
(And, no…they don’t always get along this well.) 🙂