Every time the Space Shuttle launched I cried like a baby.
“Mission Control, This is Endeavour are we cleared for launch?”
“Endeavor you are cleared to launch in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…”
I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
Now, teaching kids about aerodynamics is another subject altogether. I get a headache just thinking about it. For me, this is a dry and dull subject (if you are an aerospace engineer who may visit this article, forgive me).
So how do I teach my kids about things I find dull and boring?
I find someone who is passionate about the subject and get my kids in front of their enthusiasm! The funny thing is when I am with my children I catch the enthusiasm.
I have to say this was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life.
We were able to have a front row seat to view the shuttle fly by on the back of its 747 and then land and park directly in front of our family ( and a few thousand other blessed people). Wow.
I still cannot believe we were able to see this.
Now let me ask you.
Do you think my boys are going to be interested as we learn about flight and aerodynamics?
While it is true that not everyone can get an invitation like this, everyone has opportunities all around them to explore something amazing. Seize every one of those opportunities as you homeschool.
I hear of homeschoolers that farm, raise chickens and cows, build an organic homestead and store, visit local (and not so local) museums, participate in living history days, attend plays, play musical instruments, attend art shows, shadow professionals to preview jobs, design and build computers, and more.
What do you have available to you and your kids? Not sure? Ask a local for their top ten sites in your very own home town, visit your local chamber of commerce, order your national parks map and visit 3 parks this year, read your local paper and attend things that you may think are boring (just do not say that aloud to your kids)…
Walk through this adventure with your eyes and ears wide open! Be prepared to learn!!