as i was watching all these kids ages 15 months and up interact so nicely, i thought, "if this would have been a public school trip, they never would have had the opportunity to interact with such a mixed group of ages." if it would have been a public school trip, of course it would have been with josey's class, which would have meant a bus full of 6th graders...with a few teachers and even fewer parents dispersed throughout. but as it was, my almost-12-yr-old kid sat in the same seat with another 11 yr old, but across from a 14 yr old and a couple 13 yr olds, 2 seats behind a 15 month old, a seat in front of two 6-7 yr olds, and played "mafia" with another bunch of kids of mixed ages. babies, tweens, and teens....oh my!
i am just amazed at the opportunity God has given us to "socialize" with kids of all ages by providing us with the chance to homeschool. i saw 6 yr olds hugging 14 yr olds. 10 yr olds sitting with 4 yr olds. 15 yr olds helping 8 yr olds. 11 yr olds telling jokes to adults. 17 yr olds goofing off with 11 yr olds. it was pretty cool. i was also encouraged because my son has such great role models who are polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful. when i see 15 yr olds resting their elbows on my son's shoulder, talking with him about baseball or explaining a game so he can be involved, my heart is so filled with gratitude that God has put these kids in our lives. their parents have got to be beyond pleased with their behavior and attitudes. what a blessing to witness!
ok, i'm not at all saying that homeschool kids are perfect, nor are they better than public schoolers. all i'm saying is that the opportunity for spending quality time with such a mixed group of ages isn't normally there for public schoolers and we are so blessed to have that thru homeschooling. that being said, i shouldn't get any derogatory emails in reference to what i have posted thus far.
oh, i should also mention that we had a great bus driver too. if you go to our church, you should know who this person is, but for privacy i won't say a name. but he was kind, patient, and appreciative of all our silliness and lack of quietness.
lack of quietness is actually an understatement. altho these homeschoolers were polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful, they were also loud. i mean, they were LOUD! bold, underline, and exclamation point. but just on the bus. outside the bus they showed the utmost respect for others by keeping their voices at a low volume and their squirrely-ness at a minimum. i was very impressed.
keep up the good work, homeschool moms! and great job to the kids today! thanks for making this a great day for josey and me by providing us with entertainment and a laugh a minute.