One of the benefits of homeschooling is that school work can be finished in less time when you're working one-on-one than is required in a classroom setting. Many homeschooling families turn this extra time into a wealth of achievements, as their children earn geography bee ribbons, win science fairs, build replicas of historical buildings, and sequence the human genome.
When I started this homeschooling adventure, lo these many years ago, I imagined that maybe we could be that sort of family someday. I wasn't sure HOW we would become that sort of family, but when you're surrounded by stacks of curriculum catalogs and flash cards and brightly colored math manipulates shaped like jolly little bears, well, anything seems possible.
Today was just the sort of day for us to step up to the high-achieving plate. All schoolwork was done and stowed by 1:45 - despite a Latin-induced breakdown shortly before noon. The afternoon stretched before us, unencumbered and dripping with possibilities. What, I wondered, would my children DO with this richness? How would they fill the hours of this unusually warm January afternoon?
Well. Tre went downstairs to read. Max and Raphael, however, did invent a way to use their time. Using their massive combined brainpower, and considerable creativity, this is what they came up with: