Homeschooling is at its best when real life activities enhance lessons. We had finished Tom Sawyer and were moving on to Huckleberry Finn when the opportunity arose to ride on a steamboat. The river and steamboats play a large role in Huck Finn's life, so the trip dovetailed nicely. We'd just read about the wrecked passenger steamboat where Huck and Jim narrowly escaped looting murderers and were up to the part where Huck's and Jim's raft is run over by a steamboat in the night. Huck had to dive 30 feet to avoid the above paddle wheel. William looked over the railing, "I could just watch this all day!"
The hands-on lesson included methods of transportation, how the boat was powered,
and a little bit of river history.
It was interesting to watch how the boat was parallel parked, using ropes and
the various jobs on the boat.
Aunt Mary, the bantam hen, finally figured out it was a golf ball and not an egg and has risen from her nest.
Jorgen, Gotland pony, is doing well and it is time for me to start working him again. What beautiful weather to ride a horse!