Sunday, April 22, 2012

Homeschoolers and standing in line.

It's Fiesta week in San Antonio. 
History of Fiesta:  By 1890, San Antonio, Texas, was a thriving trade center with population of 38,000. In 1891 a group of citizens decided to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto with a Battle of Flowers.  (   There was  a mock battle where the spectators and people in the parade threw flowers at each other.  Over the years other events were added and now it's a week long celebration with parades, balls and more. 
We attended the local Fiesta celebration that had food, bands, rides, games, etc.  Levi (3 yo) wanted to go on a blow up slide.  There were a few kids waiting in line.  Levi walked to the front of the line, because he knew that was the way into the ride. 

I had to explain to him that he needed to wait behind the boy who was last in line, that he needed to stay behind him until it was his turn.  He understands taking turns, but I don't think he had to stand at the end of line for something before.

So, school for my pre-schooler today was, "learning to stand in lines!"  I'm not sure how or when my older ones learned that, but they did.

Susan Wise Bauer, in her book The Well-Trained Mind, talked about how, when she was a teacher,  she could tell the first graders who had been to kindergarten and those who had not.  The difference was the ones who had been to (an institutional) kindergarten knew how to stand in lines.  Ha! 

Caroline went to a 12th birthday Tea Party yesterday.
She looked beautiful!

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