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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve

Today we visited the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve together with the Jedi Knights Home Schoolers. I’ve had to squeeze a few more kids into my car than what we have seats, but the little ones were quite happy to sit in the boot for the trip. Misha’s always wanting to sit in the boot & this was just the opportunity he’s been waiting for.

We met at Wondercaves for a group tour. This tour lasted about 45 minutes but I must admit it seemed like the caves had grown since last time we went there a few years ago. The stairs to the entrance are quite steep and then you go further down into the cave with a lift. It’s dark, hot & humid down there and some of the little ones weren’t all too happy about that. We learnt about stalagmites & stalactites. We also learnt how limestone was harvested in the dark caves many years ago. Of course we had to go back out the way we came and those many stairs proved to be worth a serious gym workout.
Rhino & Lion Nature ReserveAfter the wondercaves we headed back to the picnic area. However the kids got stuck at the Animal Crèche. They thoroughly enjoyed their time playing with the tiger cubs, the lion cubs as well as the cheetah. Misha was quite upset that he wasn’t allowed into the Cheetah cage due to his size. He was totally disgusted that the cheetah would see him as food & decided that he no longer considered Cheetahs his favourite animal.Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve Of course the kids had so much fun at the crèche, we walked around there for what felt like forever.
After the Animal Crèche, we stopped at the picnic area for some hot dogs, chips & juice before taking a drive through the reserve trying to see some lions, cheetahs & other animals. Of course we drove through the whole of the lion & cheetah encampments not finding a single animal. Only on our way back to the exit did we finally find 3 lions lazing around near a tree.
Rhino & Lion Nature ReserveAfter a very eventful and tiring day we headed back home to drop Jacques & Elizabé just on time for their next appointment. The rest of the kids came home with us for some more playtime & were fetched later.Rhino & Lion Nature ReserveRhino & Lion Nature Reserve