After yesterday' storms with its 60 mile-per-hour gusts and tornado warnings, today is like a breath of spring. I've told the kids that they can go out to play and that I don't care when they start school today as long as they get their core subjects done.
Doing things like this has been part of my own home-school education. I am a bit of a structure-freak and a former enemy of spontaneity (having children has a way of desensitizing one to randomness in one's life). I have had to remind myself frequently that home-schooling should not be a home-version of standard schooling, school starting and ending with a bell. We need to take advantage of what comes our way unexpectedly--beautiful weather, the birth of a calf, unusual cloud formations, a news event--and use these as unique opportunities to teach.
A beautiful day of outdoor play as a teaching opportunity? Appreciation for God's creation, recognizing that it is given to both the just and unjust, is a good way to explain that our Creator loves us all, and shows His mercy to us all. We have done nothing to deserve this beauty...it is pure grace.