Sun is shining.
Sand is warm.
Water is like a mill pond.
Calm, peaceful and fun.
My favourite day of the year is Not Back to School Day. It’s that time when everyone else’s children are back to school and before my children are back at ballet, art club, martial arts etc
With the introduction of social media, home educating families have taken to adding Not Back to School pictures to their Facebook feeds. They are pictures of happy, smiling, relaxed and incredibly busy children.
For the Kimlin family it has become a tradition to head for the beach if the weather is good or we go to a café for a treat if the weather is bad.
In 2016 the weather was amazing. After a dull and dreary summer the sun beat down and we spent the day covered in suntan lotion at the beach.
For us this is a celebration of the year of freedom ahead. It’s almost like Christmas. The children get presents like new stationery, bags, paints etc, and we eat special food.
I know home education should feel like hard work but for us it’s relaxed and it’s fun. Whilst we were at the beach we built a castle whilst discussing the components of a castle and mediaeval sieges. Although naturally after spending hours building the castle it took moments to jump on and destroy.
Sausage then developed a Discuniverse with sand turtles which had castles on their back. They all had nests which they laid eggs in.
Gasbag spent most of the day improving his swimming and he’s come a long way.
For Banana-Bug this was a challenge. It was her first real trip out since her cast had been removed and she felt self conscious with her poor muscle wasted leg. We also had to be more careful with it as it seemed to be more inclined to burn. She enjoyed sitting back and drawing some of her amazing pictures.
We were picked up by Mr Kimlin at five thirty, tired, weary and ready for bed. All in all it was a great day.
The Kimlin Family