Testing a Theory

Written by Sabrina

I look for new ideas for my kids’ education since I home school. I want to cover the material as required but in an interesting way. I want to make things more interesting to keep their attention and thus I had a few twists. I look for ideas here and there and sometimes I hear about them from other mothers. When a new lesson strikes a particular chord, I pursue that direction. It can be challenging in some subjects, but there is always a way to make art, music, language studies, history, and science more appealing. I often ask the kids to come up with their own ideas and am often surprised by their appropriateness and relevance. This is the rewarding part of home schooling. You watch and witness little minds grow and it can be in ways that astound you. There was the time one of the kids asked for an art project that they could make themselves. They had made many maps of the country and the world out of papier mache or clay, but always in two dimensions. Now they wanted to see things in three D. They wanted to have to wear those special weird blue and red glasses, like the ones you put on to watch a movie. I figured out a way to use special printed paper that could be mounted in the round.

Now it was my turn to get creative. I decided to do a flashlight comparison study for the next science project. I intended to check the brightness and batter usage of a regular flashlight and an LED to see which came out better. I didn’t know if the kids cared about the results, but they professed interest. I asked them the hypothesis, the root of scientific inquiry and they got it right away. The standard flashlight would not come out the winner. Give the kudos to the LED. To be fair, I have to mention that it was the brightest LED flashlight I’d ever seen, and it was definitely a quality tool. If this is the feature you want, by all means by one. They are all affordable these days and readily available on the market.

After years of home schooling, I have resorted to having contests with the kids to see who comes up with the most winning lesson plans. The winners can pass on some type of homework for their efforts. I try to keep homework down to a minimum as I believe that kids should have social and recreation time every day. But we do have a bit now and then such as studying for tests and writing essays. I want their education time to be as much like public school as possible. I do require minimal time on cell phones and tablets unless they are researching a report. Then I have close supervision going on for the duration. I do feel that I provide quality education.