Things we’ve learned so far today

I mentioned earlier this year that I want to write about more of the “everyday” learning that goes on in our family, in addition to sharing posts on the “big stuff” like resource guides and five-day series.

There are so many of these “odds and ends” that they’re easy to miss. For example, today…

  • Sarah was reading her box of Sucrets (she’s got a cough and sore throat), and she said, “Mom, what’s  Z-I-N-C spell, and what is that?”) So we talked about it as a metallic element, and about elements in general, and she wondered if we had any books about the periodic table.
  • We don’t (currently) – though it’s now made our library list – but we pulled out Sarah’s 2013 World Almanac for Kids and read about the periodic table in general, as well as some specific elements and compounds. 
  • As we read that, we learned that sugar and vinegar are made up of the same elements, just arranged differently and in different proportions. So are chalk and granite! Isn’t that awesome?
  • Then we somehow flipped to the money portion of the almanac, where we started talking about the unfinished pyramid and the all-seeing eye on the U.S. dollar, which we had just seen in the National Treasure movies!
  • Chris and I got into a completely joking argument about the atomic number of beryllium in which we were both absolutely just guessing and acting like we knew what we were talking about. Chris’s guess was, like, 37, and mine was 84. It turns out it’s 4. Parent learning win, or silliness fail? Maybe both.
  • Sarah got a HUGE compliment on the Unschool RULES Facebook page from the mom of a fellow  Minecrafter on the unschooling server we’ve joined. She noticed another “Tourist,” or newbie, and, it turns out, helped him out a little bit as he was coming on board. A few people had done the same for her, so it was cool to hear she paid it forward!

Teenage daughter playing Minecraft

Here’s Sarah, Minecraftin’ away!

So what has your family learned today?

4 thoughts on “Things we’ve learned so far today

  1. I had to laugh when I read this because we were talking about zinc today too. Firecracker helped Monkey and me set up a Thomas track and change the batteries in all the trains. Firecracker wondered how batteries are made. We watched a You Tube video. Firecracker became interested in the zinc alloy that they were pouring in the tubes and wanted to find out more about zinc. Did you know that zinc is one of the reasons that you can smell? We learned that off of another video since we avidly You Tube anything we get curious about 🙂 Then, we had to learn all the foods that had zinc because he wanted to know if he was really eating zinc!

    • OK, that is TOO funny!! I was talking about how our chiropractor suggests zinc lozenges for a cold, and I will absolutely start this “YouTube trail” now to learn more – you made ME curious! 🙂

  2. I LOVE this type of learning. I consider it the gold standard of homeschooling. We learned a bit this week, despite being on break. 🙂 I posted about one such rabbit hole.

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