Science class this week

One of the benefits of living in a small town is that everybody knows us.  Now, there are days that that lack of anonymity seems like a downfall, but for the most part I think it’s a good thing!

They definitely know us at the local vet clinic; our kids have been regulars there from birth.  Which means that, even at their tender ages, the Blake kids have already gotten in on lots of behind-closed-doors veterinary medicine action.  Thank you to the crew at Treasure Vet for that!  Sometimes I wonder if one of our kids — or maybe our nephew or niece — might grow up to be a vet.  Hmmm… and which one might it be?

This week, on a dreary and drizzly April afternoon, the kids and I “had to” take a break from school work and run a horse to the vet for Beau.  Oz, the pictured sorrel gelding, has been feeling a little under the weather this spring, so among other trouble-shooting solutions we opted for, we asked Dr. Jessica to float his teeth.  The kids were fascinated with the process!

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One of the benefits of homeschooling, of course, is all the real life our kiddos get to experience at our sides.  I’ve done a lot of forcing our first-grader and kindergartner to finish worksheets this school year through the curriculum I selected for them (force might be too hard a word, as they are both willing students, but if I’m not careful the busywork gets to be way too much for their little minds and bodies), and I can now attest first-hand that children (ours anyway) engage infinitely deeper and are infinitely more curious about the subject at hand and about life in general after a hands-on, eye-full experience like watching a vet at work.

Sometimes I have to remind myself why we’re doing what we’re doing.  When I snapped this picture it was proof to me:  This.  This is why we’re doing what we’re doing.

Some other fun pics I got this week:

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The sky is considering a brighter shade of blue every day, and look — the green grass is starting.  Yay for spring!

 

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These two curly-topped littles of ours… oh, oh, oh.  The have a lot of fun together, they push and shove and bite on another, they squawk… and then they hug and it starts all over again.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

© Tami Blake

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