Jan 21


by in Global Students

Folks who homeschool — and those who question us about homeschooling — always ask the same questions:  when do you know it’s working?  For me, these first days of 2010, it’s the ham bone in my refrigerator.

No, I’m not waiting to make soup with it.  We’ve already done that, and finished the soup.  But Sacagawea is fascinated by the bone, and wants to dissect it.  But not just with anyone.  She wants to dissect it with our good friends, the doctor and the builder, since he has the many tools needed to precisely cut into the various layers while she can explain with great depth and precision what makes each layer, what it does, and how it works.  This is a lab project that requires planning and scheduling, so while we do that, the bone ages in my refigerator…and I smile with quiet confidence every time I see it.

It’s not just the bone, of course.  There are also the Hero reports along the walls, the tri-fold report boards on the arctic ecosystem, the globe and maps that seem to travel the house as much as we travel the globe, and the stacks of library books strewn everywhere.  It’s our home — our classroom — seemingly and without my notice tranformed from its previous life, neat-as-a-pin and everything-in-its place, to a working, thriving, laughing, learning, exploring, let’s-see-what-else-we-can-do lab.

We couldn’t be happier.  And yes, it’s definitely working.

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