My husband discovered a show on You Tube called Scientific Tuesday.  One evening the boys did a variety of experiments.  They did this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPFwDaR1g70 and these ones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfii6r-ul-c

I watched and was very concerned that somebody might get hurt.  See my husband is just a boy at heart and some years ago he made a potato gun and also singed his eye brows and eye leashes as he peered down the barrel wondering why the thing had not gone off.  Fortunately he has extremely “lush” brows and eyelashes – though they have not grown in fully they are average length now.  The last set of experiments did involved chemicals and fire so I was on guard.  The milk one was not a problem.

All of the experiments turned out okay and I was excited that my husband was playing the “mad scientist” with his boys.  My oldest is already a science nut and watches Daily Planet every night but the younger one claims that he is not into that same stuff.  Well he sure was interested in this and it got him thinking when we called it “science”!  The twins will love it or not – for now I do not know.

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As I watched the boys doing science, getting excited and wanting more I had to reflect once again on my choice (this year) to follow the curriculum.  I was trying to cheer the boys on while in the back of my head I was thinking, “But we need to cover electricity, and building and the seasons.  We do not have time for spontaneous science.  We have to subjects that need to be covered or else…….or else what?”  In that moment I was reminded of my truth in this homeschooling path.  Plain and simple – we are spontaneous & interesting people and if let alone our children will be too.  We will cover science as it presents itself all around us and it will always be exciting and it will always be fun because we stumbled upon it rather than worked it in.

I guess it really is a life philosophy and I believe that life – as much as we do work hard, should be joyful.  Our learning and life paths including the work will be fun as long as we are on OUR right path.  I am not saying that we do not need to work hard along the way and perhaps do things we do not want to get where we are going but life does not have to be a long, hard, and boring road (which is how I remember school).  I choose to opt out of the long, hard, boring part even if it means electricity gets covered in bits and pieces over the course of the years instead as one solid subject to “cover” that chosen year.  Why not explore instead of “cover”?

Oh and for goodness sakes why all of the worksheets? Did you know that most worksheets in school are to prove comprehension and understanding – and that is all they are for.?  Actually sorry they are also used to keep kids busy.  But as for the proving comprehension can you imagine if every time somebody explained something to you it was required that you had to do a worksheet to prove your comprehension?  Not only that but the other party would grade your comprehension?

Now I did buy an electrical circuit experiment kit and my son has done every experiment in it but I did this because I did make a promise to present these subjects.  As it were this way I have presented is not how the school would have wanted me to present it.  It is the way my son has enjoyed it but that is not the priority – the priority is the reporting.

Remember to let learning be fun.  If you have options and it suits your child OPT out and follow their passions.  As adults we will tell them “do what you love”.  Many adults go to therapy to figure that one out.   Allow them the time to be who they are and work to encourage the interests and the aptitudes.  Let the learning flow and be spontaneous if you can and if you dare!