So here I am, not socializing my kids again. *sigh*
We come home, Grizzly Papa heads to work and the three of us (just me and the girlies)start school. Lo and behold! It's ANOTHER half day for the publics. Good Gawd sometimes it seems that every day is a half day for them. No problemo. We ride with it. Five kids in the sandbox, 8 year old doing math while neighbor 5 year old looks at what she's doing with much interest and hands her pencils if she needs them.
Finish up with Math and Language Arts. Start History. Two neighbor kids follow us in to hear about the Age of Exploration - or atleast a small part of it.
Science. The best of all when the neighbor kids are around. I set up while they run around outside (all 12 of them now). When I emerge with all of the tools who do I see but the lady who said my kids are 'isolated'. I just smile a big smile and say hello. Hey now - give me some credit here - I was nice.
We put some steel wool in vinegar. Nothing. We all start to giggle. WHY isn't anything happening? I explain in my most scholarly voice about chemical changes. Oh hell - we'll let the steel wool sit and see what happens when we mix vinegar with baking soda. Whooooooo - MUCH better!! Lots of action there! Bubbles and carbon dioxide being released. They want to mix more - so we do! Wheeee! More bubbles! I finally look up on the internet what is SUPPOSED to happen with the steel wool - (should've done that ahead of time...) - and we all gather round the computer to see(still 12 kids). Ahhhhhhhhhhh now it's clear. The steel wool will warm up. Something to do with facilitating rust. And it does. One of the 9 year old boys looks at me and we roll our eyes at each other and laugh.
Time to be squirt by the hose. More special ed. kids home from school and joining in the fun. A picnic for the kiddies and gabbing for Grizzly Mama with the other Grizzly Mamas.
Poor us to be so isolated with no socialization. :-)