Another school year is officially done! Wow. The time has flown and not just this year, but all the years past. I can hardly believe that my eldest is entering grade nine next year. Where did the time go?
At any rate, the greatest beauty of homeschooling is picking our own curriculum, so over the next week or two, BDs and I will be scouring though websites and catalogues looking for items and topics of interest. The second greatest beauty of homeschooling is that we can learn year round. This has always worked well for us in that the girls don’t have the opportunity to become bored over the summer.
Q: How does a homeschooler change a light bulb?
A: First, mom checks out three books on electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life.
Next, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles.
Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they’ll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill.
On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Wilfred Laurier, as his picture is on the five dollar bill.
Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods during a nature walk, the light bulb is installed.
And then…there is light!