Sunday, June 1, 2008

homeschool 'lifestyle'

I've often talked about how we don't have a home'school' but rather a homeschooling 'lifestyle.' Here's a prime example shown by a joke well-known among us 'home educators.'

Q: How does a home schooler change a light bulb?

A: First, mom checks three books on electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life. Next, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles. Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill. On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill. Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed. And there is light.

And with the added new 'green twist'- we discuss the value of using new compact fluorescent light bulbs and their value-- even though they cost more in the beginning, they save in the long run, and the impact it has on the earth....... and then we get into the value of recycling...... phew-- all in a day!

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