We Have Ways of Filling Your Days

by Stefani on 25-July-2007

It began, simply enough with an “I Spy” book, purchased at Goodwill for $.99.

There was a page, with an incredibly intricate contraption thing-a-ma-bob, which put my James straight over the moon.

He was certain that his life would never be complete if we didn’t drop everything, immediately, and set to work recreating it.

Fair enough. Don’t want anybody’s life to be lacking.

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Little did I know that this would become an all day affair.

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I love these moments, when the planner in me gets to let go and watch learning happen without even making charts, checking manuals, researching or polling the experts. We learned today, all about how a pully works, the various uses of levers, the power of inclines, gravity and a good deal about Newton’s laws. Elementary physics, my dears.

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This particular section of the contraption is still giving us fits.

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Which leads to the other lesson of the day : scientists, inventors and engineers have to stick with it, through a stinking lot of trial and error! Of course, I’m guessing that they don’t have their two year old brother in the lab with them, wreaking havoc on their ideas 🙂

When my guys finally consented to go to bed, I had to pinky swear that 1) I wouldn’t let Ryder go anywhere near the table and 2) I, myself, would not touch it until they have figured out how to make the baseball drop, opening the cothespin, which will let go of the string that is holding the shovel, so that all the moon sand falls through the funnel and into the cup which is taped to the car that will go down the ramp and ring the bell… for that’s the point, the bell ringing.

Funny isn’t it, that even homeschooled kids are just waiting for the bell to ring?

Sarah Jackson July 25, 2007 at 8:41 pm

What an amazing contraption! And I see the snake was helping. You are seriously an inspiration in how to guide your kids in learning and let their interests lead the way. Very fabulous!

kristin July 25, 2007 at 8:45 pm

yes, i think i know the exact page that inspired you…way to go! claiming the moment!

TumTum July 25, 2007 at 8:56 pm

this is pretty dang terrific!! i dont know if i would have the patience! high five to the boys!

Molly July 25, 2007 at 9:09 pm

What glorious fun! We love I Spy and I often think it would be fun to recreate one of the scenes, but my little students have yet to be inspired in such a way. When my kids were younger they would fight over who found what first, so I devised a plan to give each child a separate object to find. Good times, and shorter I Spy sessions. I love the stack of books holding up the tinker toys. We just finished Afternoon on the Amazon yesterday. Gotta love Jack and Annie!

Molly July 25, 2007 at 9:09 pm

What glorious fun! We love I Spy and I often think it would be fun to recreate one of the scenes, but my little students have yet to be inspired in such a way. When my kids were younger they would fight over who found what first, so I devised a plan to give each child a separate object to find. Good times, and shorter I Spy sessions. I love the stack of books holding up the tinker toys. We just finished Afternoon on the Amazon yesterday. Gotta love Jack and Annie!

Eren July 26, 2007 at 5:54 am

Wonderful! And today brings more fun and experimenting in the lab Im sure. What wonderful lessons.

Visty July 26, 2007 at 10:02 am

I think my favorite part of homeschooling has been the time the kids have to think, create, and do. Some days are spent on one thing only. Much unlike their school experience, where the 15 or 30 minute chunks rotated too fast for enjyoment or real comprehension.
This thing is really awesome!

Molly July 26, 2007 at 10:08 am

Love this lesson in homeschooling! I hope my own children are as curious! 🙂

brit July 26, 2007 at 3:50 pm

I am very patiently waiting for the day when my children are old enough for this sort of thing. I see inklings now and again. And I know that I want to build the train track and so when asked…I will. But I must remember that sometimes it would be better to let them at it.

miguette July 26, 2007 at 6:02 pm

My 4 year old would LOVE that! How on earth did you keep the little one from destroying it?

erin July 27, 2007 at 9:13 am

This is great, Stefani!

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