Totally married, loves gallivanting, raising a Too Cool For School Trio in
West Sussex, England.
Living very happily outside the box I never quite fitted in.
Everyday I spend 15 minutes chronicling the previous 24 hours in our home educating lives and each post is titled after a great track.
So it goes. The gallivanters have had a great gallivant today. The kind of living, loving life autonomous learning, unschooling sort of day that affirms so much of why home education and a path free of institutional constraints is the education one for us.
Originally the plan was to leave S with G & G and head off with the boys but S saw me checking out times and prices on the website and expressed a strong desire to come along to so, for the first time in what feels like ages, it was the 4 of us again.
Where have we been? Oh yes! Brooklands Museum of Aviation and Motor racing history where O was blissed out by a sit in a formula one car and S discovered she's actually quite into planes.
Some great connections to talk of, you know us unschooling types and our cross curricular connections that don't squeeze into timetabling boxes. There was overlap with Amberley, especially in the bus garage, and also, surprisingly, Intech with the discovery room sharing several similar exhibits in the shape of the wind tunnel, gear table etc.
But you know what made Brooklands really special was just that same magic which helped Haslemere Museum win the recent kids in Museums award. The staff. They were AMAZING! So knowledgeable, helpful and thoughtful. They transformed an ordinary gallivant into a special one.
The trio are very keen to return. S wanted to do the concorde tour but I could see the boys wouldn't manage it and when O and E started falling asleep we waved the chequered flag and headed home.
Inside a private jet which once belonged to a Sultan.
E and O cooperate to make a suspension bridge in the discovery room
Hands on learning. Gears and magnets
S liked the "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkies on this car and says Grandma has some just the same.
Oh yes, today's song. Well 12 summers ago when I met TDO we spent many journeys on the A3 - the road we came home on today and it reminded me of this song by Etienne de Crecy. 3 day weekend - Yes, Yes I know..........