Park days are a very important part of our homeschooling experience. It is a time for us to connect with other homeschoolers. Our local group has a designated park day each week and we tend to stay for 4-6 hours. The kids get filthy, worn out and have such a great time. It is an important time for me too - I have a chance to talk with my fellow homeschoolers, get ideas, unwind and share victories and frustrations.
My boys play with boys and girls, young and old. This week the ages ranged from 2-9. They spent some time making homes for ants, discussing black widows, finding click beetles and then testing out different foliage (and a cheeto) to see what the beetle liked. They ran races on the path that circles the playground. They climbed high and slid fast. They played in water and watched a peahen and the chickens.
William and Charlotte were chattering away together as they dug in the dirt.
The kids made a store - selling mud donut holes for 1 leaf each.