Unexpected Side of Homeschooling…have you ever experienced it?
*Warning…Reading this could cause you to second-guess unit studies…Continue at your own risk.
One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the mixing of everyday life with school lessons.
When you are on vacation and your mom mentions in a casual conversation that the near-by lake at one time was the largest man made lake. The homeschool mom in you jumps at the chance to tie in your current geography lesson. In 20 minutes you and the kids begin exploring the lake and discussing your World Fact File with North Star Geography.
Oh the amazing way working allows your son to form a relationship with the Postmaster at the local post office. My son often accompanies me when I need to mail packages for work. When Batman stamps came out she made special arrangements to get him a sheet. Of course he had to write a thank you letter for his first writing assignment for the new school year.
But there can be an unexpected side of homeschooling; an eerie side to the unit studies.
Circumstances that make you nervous about what subject to teach next. Might even cause your husband to ask that you strongly consider how the next study will affect life at your house.
When you study electricity and your washing machine has an electrical short and catches on fire. Then you try to move the washer outside and water from the drum dumps on the floor. Now you can discuss how water conducts electricity. Once the machine is outside you have a great opportunity to show a burned circuit board and a chance to take apart the washing machine. [Read more…]