Shiloh is 11 and she is currently the 3rd oldest at home. She is sandwiched between double brothers at home. 2 older, 2 younger. Now, in truth, she has a brother that is 22 but since he went away to the Air Force and no longer locks her in dog crates when I run an errand she likes him quite alot. I am glad to say that when he visits he no longer locks his siblings in dog crates at all, for which we are all thankful.
In my quest for interesting books I found,Joey Green’s Incredible Country Store, Potions, Notions, and Elixers of the Past , at the library and brought it home. Shiloh has been having the best time reading it because it is full of recipes for everything from Oreos and Tootsie Rolls to homemade toothpaste and cleaners. She has been reading it and making a list of things she wants me to buy so she can experiment with some of the recipes. One is the toothpaste, which seems to fascinate her. Something about the idea of making your own toothpaste that intriques her 11 year old mind. This is the recipe…
8 tbs baking soda
2 tsp peppermint flavor
3 Tablespoons glycering. Blend and store in a small sanitized glass jar, tightly sealed. Makes 1/3 cup.
How cool is that? (ack..my time is running out.)
I was going to post a picture of her off my photobucket album that i have stored but I think that I am going to have to come back to do it…
Have I said yet today that I cant wait until I have a computer at my house again? >:(
..Obvioulsy I came back…
And I have a little more time…..
One of the things that I really enjoy about homeschooling is getting the opportunity to really get to know my kids in all their varying stages and interests. Their ideas challenge my thinking often (just wait until you meet Matt, affectionately refered to as Huck around here…He really enjoys Thoreau, and I can easily imagine him living at Walden’s Pond..). Their individuality keeps me creative both in my everyday life and in my teaching.
Shiloh is interested in recipes, not because she is the suzy homemaker type, but because she is fascinated by the chemical reactions that occur. Bread baking for her, rather than the culinary meditation it is for me, is for her a fascinating journey into the land of yeast spores, released gasses and rising capabilities. I imagine that she is more interested in the chemical reactions of the paste on the tartar than she is in being self sufficient. For my oldest daughter reading this book would have been credited under homemaking but for Shiloh it is definitely all about science!
In your learning journey be sure that you understand what your children are actually wanting to learn…a small change in perspective can make all the difference.