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Lesson Plan Hijack – for all the Right Reasons


Normally, the boys get to sleep in on weekends. But today, we are meeting family for breakfast out at Patty’s Diner in Gold Hill, for the best Chicken Fried Steaks in the world. It is important to get there early to get a table.

As Ben was still groggy, and just barely waking up, he said, “Hey Mom, have you ever wondered who invented writing? I mean, I can imagine it. Someone is talking and another guy is thinking to himself, ‘If I could just write this all down so I could remember it, that would be awesome,’ and he starts making random scratches on a piece of paper, and then figures out how to remember what he just heard.”

Guess what we will be delving into this week? I think Ben will get a huge kick out of hieroglyphics anyway. They are an art form as well as the beginnings of recorded language. I believe that was the beginning. I’m not exactly sure. But I’m going to find out right along with him. That’s another thing I love about this. There were things I missed in school, because I was daydreaming about the things I really wanted to explore. If I can stay alert to his level of interest, we can learn all sorts of things together, and feed on each other’s enthusiasm.

I love this about Home School, because we can jump on something at the moment of interest and curiosity. We don’t have to stick so strictly to a lesson plan that we say, “Well, you’ll be learning about that in three years. Hold that thought.”

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