It all started with a warehouse-sized pack of toilet paper.
"Kyle, we need to put all of this toilet paper away in the three bathrooms, okay?"
"Okay," he agrees as he tore into the plastic, "but can I build pyramids first?"
"Sure," I say, switching my lesson plan notebook from math to civil engineering or ancient history.
And build he did. He worked on the character-trait of perseverance and learned coping skills as it fell down and had to be rebuilt.
And then, yes, he got to the work of picking them up, in sets of four or five, and putting them away.
No, we're not a homeschooling family, so I don't really know the true ins and outs of Charlotte Mason versus unschooling, versus whatever other educational philosophies are out there, but from what I understand, those who adhere to the unschooling theory take advantage of every day life to teach their children (those of you who really know what you are talking about, feel free to chime in).
This is just another example of my efforts to take the best of homeschooling and merge it with a public school education (see Homeraising Mom).
I think we are doing just fine.