As a homeschooling family, our weekends have a new purpose.
Intentionally, we plan activities that are educational, active and fun. Because I’m new at this homeschooling thing, I’m not sure if Saturday or Sunday should be included; however, it seems to work well for us to continue through the weekend. We choose bigger projects on the weekends that we can do as a family and it also takes some of the pressure off the weekday schedule.
It continues to be interesting to me that no other topic has caused such a stir with readers. A lot of strong opinions out there about what homeschooling is and what it isn’t.
Honestly, we are just doing the best that we can. Don’t we all?
This weekend, we planned to explore the concepts of force and motion. Without lectures, worksheets and text books, we explored.
We created a catapult and performed several trials. I’m not sure it was quite as effective as the Pinterest pinner claimed, but it did the trick.
We created a sling shot using materials from our junk drawer and compared the results of our “pull back less” and “pull back more” attempts.
We used foam guns that worked similarly to our favorite stomp rockets (also great for this lesson) to show the distances that occurred after little force and more force.
There was a lot of active learning taking place.
Throughout the spring and summer, we will revisit the idea of force and motion through play. My mind is already filled with other experiments and demonstrations that we can do.
We have found that real life provides a lot of lessons too. Sometimes, not positive ones. The devastating mud slide that took place in Washington State provided lots of information and discussions about erosion, which is also one of the concepts that we were supposed to cover in our third grade curriculum.
Here is what I know for sure. We aren’t sitting at the table doing school the way that I imagined it would be…we really don’t have to.
We are talking and reading and listening and experimenting and wondering more every day. This homeschooling thing…it seems so natural.
Although I was scared and skeptical, I have to say that I love the changes that are taking place in my home and for my family.
If you are a homeschooling family, can you tell me if homeschooling is it what you expected? I would love to learn from your experiences!