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The play’s the thing…

To paraphrase, just a bit.

Another bonus to living where we do is the incredible support available for home schooling families.  There is a group (collective?  collaboration?) of parents linked via computer who all home school.  Most are unschoolers but there are parents following all different styles of learning/education.  It is a very inclusive bunch.

One parent, the fabulous Nancy, has a young teen daughter who loves to direct/stage plays.  Having had great success with her first play, this girl, H, has decided to do another.  The rehearsals have been spread over several months, culminating sometime in June/July with a performance.

H has chosen to do “The Wizard of Oz” this time (Aristocats, last time) but as we all do everything we can to encourage inclusion, this Wizard has six, yes six, Dorothy parts!  We’ve all chipped in $5 so that H wasn’t out of pocket buying the script and Nancy has opened her home for all rehearsals.

What a boon!  Not only is there yet another opportunity for socialisation (something our son is no longer au fait with like when he was younger and something critics of homeschooling always point to as a negative), but there is plentiful learning happening.  Social skills.  Being patient.  The virtue of practice.  The concept of entertainment.  It is wonderful.

Would you believe that H is such a confident girl, she manages this by herself?  Up to 40 or so children can be present (I think it was 60 one day) and there is no pandemonium.  Seen that in a public school lately?  No.

Teachers (who I think are modern day saints – at least the ones who really want to teach) cannot be expected to control 60 kids when they are pumped up and running loose.  H can do this because they are a particular bunch of kids who are learning particular skills that come from more interaction with the adult world.  My humble opinion, anyways.

To cut to the chase, Mr.D. has been cast as Rascal, one of the Flying Monkeys.  Told you H was clever!



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Power Play!

Mr. D. received a remarkable ‘toy’ for his birthday last year – a new ‘toy’ called Snap Circuits from Elenco.  Why ‘toy’?  Well, I don’t think there is anything toy-like about this system for creating electrical currents – see what you think.

We had our eye on this system for a while and the lovely Pam, toy retailer extraordinaire, from Planet Kid, stocked up on them after we inquired so there was nothing for it but to buy the BIGGER kit for Christmas.  The nice thing?  They integrate so each kit just provides more and more options when they are all combined.

Savvy kids get to learn how to make a circuit, how a circuit can make things work (buzzers, alarms, light bulbs, etc.), how to break circuits and how to apply resistance in a circuit.  Whew!  That’s a whole lotta learning going on.  Some very bright person has designed this system in easy snap ‘bricks’ not unlike a building system and some of the plates are clear so that all the ‘action’ can be seen.

Mr. D. did a lot of these post-Christmas but hadn’t touched them for a while.  He was feeling fairly hard-done-by this morn when we expressed our dissatisfaction with him getting up around 4am to watch cartoons when TV isn’t to be used before 6.30am so while my temper cooled (and I got the classroom warmed up and computers on) I asked him to make me a difficult circuit that used the bulb.  He did.  He even used multiple bulbs.  He created circuits with it for over an hour.  Here are the photos so that Mummy may show off.  *g* Who says FASD/ADHD/etc. etc. kids can’t focus? OK – maybe hyperfocus?

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