Some folks think of homeschooling as this innocent, well oiled machine. I’m here to tell you there are homeschooling hazards that nobody ever considers.
We’re doing Ancients in our homeschool this year. It’s been interesting so far. We covered the Nomads, and then on to one of my personal favourites, Ancient Egypt.
Yes, I’m a bit of a geek. I have favourite history time periods. Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome/Greece, and then Medieval and Renaissance periods. One of my all time favourite historical figures is Elizabeth the First. Its probably best I don’t start babbling about her, because that’s a blog post all on its own, and frankly, not many folks are terribly interested. But, if you ever want an example of a strong, confident woman for the kids, look up Elizabeth the First. Forget any cartoon princesses, she’s a serious butt kicking example of what a person can do, even when surrounded by turmoil and adversaries.
Nomads have caught the Middle Minions attention. First thing we did was for them to build shelters, using only what was in our yard. The results were…Interesting.
This is Tazzie’s offering:
Of course, the hockey net was used. Not a great choice of shelter walls, but points given, because, hockey.
Then we moved on to Princess:
You’ll note that we have a chair, logs arranged for a fire, but no walls, just the shelter given by the tree. And, hey, what’s that?
Yes, that’s Princess’ snow saucer. I thought it was decoration. Noooope.It’s a shield, apparently.
Yep. The stick with a rag on it was her sword. Which, granted, the nomads didn’t have, but who am I to quibble? The whole, “Lets bash each other with a broken broom handle and a stick” thing, however, did get a few objections.
This is what I’m talking about, homeschooling hazards. And it doesn’t end there.
Yesterday, Wolf and I are innocently sitting on the porch, when Princess comes out and asks me where the duct tape is. This isn’t an unusual question in our house, we tend to use duct tape a lot. So, I answered, and she casually replied, “Oh, good. Because I wanna make a spear for hunting. You know, like the Nomads used.” “Ok.” I responded, and she wandered off.
Suddenly, her words sank in.
Turning to Wolf, I asked, “Did I just approve of her making weaponry?”
He snickered, “Yeah, you did.”
Great. Off to explain that ‘hunting’ didn’t include brothers, pets, and vehicles. Or house windows. Or the neighbour’s butt.
Homeschooling hazards. FEAR THEM!