Posted by: katlea611 | May 26, 2012

We Learn Everywhere

And when I say “we”, that includes me as well because I would be lying if I said I didn’t learn from our homeschooling experiences.

So anyway, we went to 168 yesterday to accompany my mom and dad and get more pasalubong for my relatives in Canada.  On the way there, we took a wrong turn and Nikki’s first lesson of the day was patience.  He gets very rattled when things don’t go the way they should be and when he found out we took a wrong turn, he was like, “Daddy, you should have taken this road” and “we’re supposed to go THAT way” which didn’t help matters at all.  Besides, he had no clue where we were going anyway. So we had to tell him to shush for the moment because we needed to focus on where to go.

When we got there, it was close to lunch and my dad said we’d better eat first so we could shop without interruptions. Nikki wanted KFC so his dad told him to buy the chicken himself.  This is his second lesson because Nikki gets so self-conscious when he talks to other people, most especially when he’s ordering.  Sigh. Anyway, Ruther went along with him but he did the ordering. So that was okay.  His next lesson for the day was making noodles.  While buying DQ ice cream, we noticed a man in a nearby stall making noodles by hand.  It was fascinating so we stayed and watched.  While we did, we talked about the Ramen Museum at Shin-Yokohama, the different types of noodles, the ingredients of noodles and things like that. It was like a mini-fieldtrip.  Cool.

Of course, Nikki had to be reminded about safety.  Whenever we would be in crowded places, he would always call out to me.  He kept his bag close to his body (he wore a messenger-type bag) and he didn’t bring his cellphone with him since we had no plans of parting ways. Whenever we would leave a place, he made sure he checked it thoroughly in case we left one of our packages behind.  He did a good job.  More than good, actually.

Before we left the mall, I told him we could look for a nice pencil case for him for school since the pencil cases at SM cost around P250 for those big ones.  We chanced upon a school supply store and looked among the many cases there.  There were big ones that cost P50 (with 2 covers) and even bigger ones that cost P90-100.  I asked him to pick which one he wanted and upon inspecting them closely, he liked the one with the clock on it (yes, a clock) which cost P100. When he found out how much it cost, he was like, “Mommy, is it okay that we’re buying this one?  The one that cost P100?”  I suppose, because I always make him conscious about prices and spending and expenses, he thought that he was splurging.  Of course, I told him it was okay because the pencil case was actually a steal at P100.  So he was quite happy with his pencil case.  Next lesson?  Taking care of his things. 🙂

All in all, it was a tiring day but we made the most of it by making sure we found learning experiences and activities along the way.  Here’s to more homeschooling fun wherever we go. 😀


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