Which, to my children, means: DAY OFF.
From school, that is.
But little did they know....
The boys have been singing the praises of Day Off ever since yesterday afternoon. "Hey Caleb! We don't have to do school tomorrow!" Hey, I'm right there with them. I don't mind when the weekend comes either. Not that I don't have anything to do, but not doing school just leaves me open to do something else.
So anyway. This has been the boys' first full week of school, and they were anxious for their break. They lolled around, looked at books in bed, didn't get dressed first thing. And as they were leisurely eating their breakfast, they decided to talk about something:
Don't ask me how they got on that subject. I wasn't really paying attention. Yet, my ears perked up when someone made a particular comment:
"Well, an octopus can't eat a shark, though (as if that child was an expert or something)."
And believe it or not, I knew that that little caveat was NOT correct. An octopus CAN eat a shark. I had actually seen something online recently to that affect. So I piped up:
"Uh guys? I've seen an octopus eat a shark before."
To which they tried to justify such a notion in their mind. A big shark Mama? Not a big shark! It must've been a really big octopus then, Mom!
So I showed them.
It was only a quick Google search. I mean, how many articles/sites talk about "Octopus eats Shark?" And there it was, the video I had seen one day recently.
Instant science class.
Watching that clip ended up sparking a furor of aquatic learning. TONS of questions were asked. And as much as I could answer a good amount of them, I didn't have ALL the answers.
So the trusty "Children's Encyclopedias" came out. There's a whole book dedicated to underwater life. With a chapter on sharks. And a chapter on the octopus.
We learned that sharks vary in size from 6 inches to 60 feet.
That octopi squirt ink and have big heads.
We also went on to learn about flying fish, that only some frogs live in the water, that crawfish will sometimes lose a claw in a fight.
I think Noah ended up reading through the entire book, with Caleb sitting right next to him for most all of it.
I don't think I could've recreated that scenario if I tried.
I mean, my kids LEARNED a ton about underwater life. Completely because they wanted to!
On their DAY OFF!!
(Shhhhhh! Don't remind them!)