Taliesin's Dinosaur Play today (Nathanael was napping when I took these pictures). The green legos are grass and trees, the red and pink are fruits for the dinosaurs to eat (for the herbivores, of course), and the blue legos are lakes and ponds.
Tiny picture again - taken with my cell phone. Just exploring in this one. :^)
We've been having fun the past few days. For the first time in a long time, Taliesin told me about his art, "Mom, I'm having fun!" I truly think this is what he needed. Yes, he enjoyed the art classes; but at home, he is having the freedom to explore again - to really be creative and his own artist.
This evening when we went to Nathanael's dance class, Taliesin decided to take some dinosaur books and toy dinosaurs to play with (you'll see in some of the pictures some of the things we've been learning about dinosaurs). He's been in a dinosaur mood for the past couple of days. Yesterday, at Taliesin's dance class, Nathanael took toys; but then he decided to explore outside for the duration of the class instead - LOL. Anyway, one of the other moms and two of her daughters (who were also waiting for a child in the class) sat with us. Taliesin and the six-year old girl enjoyed playing and looking at the books. The mom asked Taliesin how old he is where he goes to school at. Talieisn answered her five and told her first, "I don't go... I go to school at my house." LOL. I don't think he knew quite how to answer. It isn't really "school," but I'm sure he's probably gotten this question before such as by the kids at his art class. The mom was very accepting. She enjoyed talking to him. First he told her all about dinosaurs - the difference between carnivores and herbivores, names of dinosaurs from T-Rex to the allosaurus and stegosaurus (the latter of which he told her had plates to help him keep cool and warm), about why the triceratops is called a triceratops, and about what we call the bone-headed dinosaurs. He also told her about a recent trip to the dentist because Nathanael lost one of his caps. She asked if he also takes dance classes. We told her yes, on Wednesdays. Taliesin also told her about the karate class he starts next month and the basketball class he starts in January. When he was naming all about the dinosaurs, she told him she's glad he knows them, she couldn't tell anything about them. LOL.
Other than our unschooling adventures, I'm trying to stay caught up on college. LOL. I just turned in an essay on John Dewey and progressive education for my education class. I'm eager for my reflection paper, which I get to write on unschooling! Yay! Then yesterday, I had a discussion board due for my youth ministry class. These classes are really coinciding well. I'm enjoying them a lot, but I must confess I'm kind of looking forward to my break in Dec. and Jan. It will give me time to get caught up on my book so I can either have it published or self-publish it by this coming spring.