She talks about exploring her son's passions with him in their unschooling, even though his interests are far from what interests her.
Her efforts to delve into his world yielded many exciting developments in his learning and his own initiative. And she reflects on this post about how one dad came to see the value in letting kids follow their hearts.
She tells and adorable story about her son's passionate learning experiences that made me smile and laugh out loud. It's worth a read.
|Art is everywhere!|
Classrooms are neat, tidy, and sedentary. Books are without references to bloody battles. Recess is short.
I know our home learning environment is girl-centric too.
My daughter's art supplies have taken over the house.
|Experiments with fire and magic|
He's doing alot of tech stuff and learning about programming from videos and dad.
He's passionate about stuff that blows up, catches fire or otherwise changes chemical states.
If he could work side by side with Steve Spangler all day I'm sure he would be thrilled and engagaged.
But I'm no Steve Spangler. I'm a social scientist, not a chemist. Chemistry gave me an ulcer. What can I learn and do to support his interests?
I subscribe to the Steve Spangler newsletter, but I notice that many of his experiments are things my son has already done on his own watching the youtube videos.
I'm curious to know how other unschoolers and home educators have found resources to support their kids passions when you need a mentor but can't be the mentor.
I guess I'll be reading the book she suggested from Dayna Martin for more inspiration and ideas.