If you haven’t figured it out by now, our “learning lifestyle” (and really, our overall lifestyle) is based around a variety of specific, passionate interests.
In the past year or so, Ashar has been fascinated by, to name a few things, robots, the Titanic, the Phantom of the Opera, cowboys and Indians, space travel, ancient history and mythology, alchemy, Minecraft and James Bond.
Her personality is such that she pursues these interests passionately. She doesn’t play a little bit of Minecraft or read a few things about mythology. She wants to spend ALL her time on it. And as I’ve said before, the best part about homeschooling for us has been working with these interests rather than fighting against them.
Such is the case with Ashar’s latest passion.
We’ve picked up a free trial of Netflix streaming, and one thing I added to our queue, thinking Ashar might be interested in it (and I knew I certainly would be) was MythBusters.
I actually can’t believe how much Ashar has gotten into this show. She’s watched more than two dozen episodes in the past two weeks, and shows no signs of slowing down. (And I just told her tonight that the new season started this week; you’d have thought she won the lottery!)
Not only is Ashar having a great time watching Adam and Jamie, the show’s stars, blow stuff up – and come on, that’s a huge draw for me, too – she has learned an amazing amount. I think her physics knowledge now surpasses mine, though that’s not hard to do!
So far, she’s found out:
- … about the famous Diet Coke and Mentos explosions, and the chemistry behind how they actually work.
- … that spy cars that spill oil slicks or tacks behind them probably wouldn’t really stop their pursuers.
- … that you can swim in syrup almost as fast as you can in water (and why!)
- … how an escape from Alcatraz (made famous in a Clint Eastwood movie) could feasibly have happened.
- … about 8,000 ways to escape – or not escape – from prisons in general, a piece of knowledge I actually hope will NEVER come in handy!
- … how driving tired and driving while tipsy are similar – and how dangerous both are.
- … that you might be able to escape a car flipped over underwater.
- … that yawning really is contagious!
- … and a whole bunch more.
I love it that we’re not afraid of “too much TV” in our house. We’d never have had this much fun or discovered this much (and that includes me, as I’m often watching with Sarah!) if we were working in opposition to her passion.
She’s not a TV junkie by any means, but I love that we can have marathons of the things she’s into!
What have you been watching – and learning from – lately?