All Girls School

July 22, 2008, 6:39 pm
Filed under: Bubba, family, girlies, history, reading, summer, vacation

We’re getting the last bits and pieces put together so we can hit the road early tomorrow. So begins Summer Vacation ’08. The girls are so excited they can hardly stand it. They’ve been telling everyone we’ve come in contact with today that we’re going to South Dakota tomorrow. This will be the first time that we’ve gone camping since Mimi was a baby. That’s the time that Dad affectionately calls, “The time we almost got divorced over a tent”. It wasn’t our best moment (or week, for that matter). But now we look back and only remember the fun stuff, so even though this week will be full of stressful times, all we’re going to remember is how much fun we had.

One of the best and most unexpected side effects of this vacation is Bubba’s self-led learning spree that she’s taken on this week. She researched and checked out a book on Mount Rushmore. After she read it she was so excited to tell me what she had learned that she talked to me for about half an hour about it, highlighting the main points and relaying the interesting anecdotes she had read. Then today, at her art lesson, she was working with clay and designed a Mount Rushmore replica. It was great. She’s been inspired to learn more about each of the presidents represented, too. We’ve had many talks about the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War and the Panama Canal.

I am hoping that we find more topics like this that spark her interest this year and inspire her to take the reins in finding out about them. That’s what I’m striving for this year. Last year was really about finding our groove together and figuring out what works best for us. This year, I want to lead her into topics far enough to give her a basic understanding, then following her lead on further exploration on the ones that she’s more curious about.

Anyway, we’re off until next week. We got a new camera, so I expect I’ll be back next week with way too many photos and a deep desire to hole up in my house with electricity, indoor plumbing and central air.


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Have a great trip. South Dakota is, after all, the Promised Land! šŸ™‚ I personally recommend seeing the Crazy Horse monument, and your girls might really like Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. Looking forward to hearing about it when you get back. Safe travels!

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