I was afraid I wasn’t going to have anything to share this week. After having an awesome vacation last week we needed to “catch up on our paperwork.”
Thankfully FIRST LEGO League, FLL, added interest to our week. Our normal FLL meeting time was spent doing a field trip related to our project. We visited a local organic farmer to learn about bee keeping. He was great with the kids and we had a good time learning about bees despite the rain. I learned quite a few things about the farm even though I’ve been a member of their CSA program for a couple of years. I also learned some new things about bees.
The local public school had the day off for election day, so I invited C’s team to our house for some “open table” time. The kids came two at a time for a couple of hours each to work on their programming. While we get a lot done during our normal meeting time, sometimes it helps to have an even smaller group. They can concentrate better and spend more time testing their results.
If you want to gain hope for the future spending time around FLL is great. The kids come up with some great solutions / innovations. It’s also super fun to watch them as they learn how to program the robot. They get such a sense of accomplishment as they solve problems and make things work. Because gracious professionalism is one of the core values of FLL, we also set a high standard for behavior and manners. They are still high energy kids and a bit wiggly and silly sometimes, but they are practicing kindness and respect.
This week E built a trebuchet as an engineering project. Apparently it’s been a bit hard to tune, but the boys and their friends have had a great time building cup towers and walls to attack with the trebuchet. I wish I had known sooner how much fun kids could have with a few packages of plastic cups.
This week I asked C what he likes about homeschool. He quickly answered, “We get to learn from TV.” I’ll admit it has be a long road for me to accept watching documentaries / educational programs as more than just a supplement to “real” learning. As I see how much information C learns and stores in picture form, it has helped me understand that we really do have different learning styles.
How have you learned to respect and accommodate your kids’ learning styles?