Often the least planned lessons turn out to be the most interesting and fun. That was our recent experience, and a great reminder as to why I really enjoy homeschooling.
While driving to the library the other day, the littles were in their regular question asking mode. How do cars work? How are cars made? How did Benjamin Franklin get electricity from lightning into our homes? And many, many more great questions. Clearly we need question books in the car!
I did not have an agenda for this library outing, and just perused the shelves for anything looking interesting. When I noticed a book about Benjamin Franklin, and a video about how cars are assembled, I quickly added them to my bag.
It was a couple of days before we read through the littles’ book selections. I hadn’t had time to pre-read the book on Benjamin Franklin but that didn’t stop us from jumping right in. Even I was mesmerized by the stories of his youth, scientific discoveries and political impact. By the end of the book, the littles were still asking how electricity gets into our house. Thankfully that is when dad arrived home and I did a quick “tag you’re it!”
Dad is far more scientifically minded then me. Without a second thought, he launched into a clear and concise lesson breaking down molecules and atoms and how electricity is the flow of electrons from one atom to another. (this is where mom said “huh?!?”) He explained static electricity and even performed an experiment. He rubbed Little Bears hair with a stocking cap and then they touched fingers trying to create a shock. (while moms wondering what E.T. has to do with electricity?!?)
The littles and dad went back and forth with questions and information. They recalled a summer trip to Grand Coulee Dam where they had learned about how electricity is generated, and then they further discussed how it gets into our home.
Being more creative minded opposed to scientific, I quickly called for a field trip to Mobius, our local science center, so we could “experience” science. Our science center has a number of displays and hands on activities about Columbia Basin water flow, dams, and electricity.
I’m not sure if all of the questions the littles had were answered, but they had a great time learning about electricity. Dad’s already talking about another summer field trip for a more in depth dam tour.
As I move on with another week of teaching, I am clearly and happily reminded that anything outside of the science curriculum needs to be directed toward dad.
Today I purchased a new set of chalk pastels. Art anyone?