Stories About Jake

Hands-on Learning

1. I can’t say we had a very exciting year of science because Max was disappointed that the curriculum had more fill-in-the blank questions and less experiments. But things picked up in April when he made a greenhouse and grew some radishes in the kitchen. I can’t say it was exciting even at that point (as you would imagine, radishes aren’t the most thrilling thing on earth), but I did like seeing him take the initiative here. He did almost everything independently and all I had to do was supply the baby food jars and drink some orange juice.

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2. In the final weeks of Awana, Max was racing to finish. I guess when it became his idea to finish, he became focused. There were verses to memorize, questions to answer, and various projects along the way, so he pushed through a lot of material in just a few weeks. The last project was a diorama about Paul & Silas and the earthquake that broke their chains (Acts 16), and that was totally fun for him. These hands-on projects are the best.

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His leaders were great in encouraging him to finish so he could get his award at the ceremony. They would meet us somewhere like a park to listen to him say verses or allow him to randomly drop by. I hope he always remembers how these adults made time for him and cheered him on.

We’re very proud of you, Max!

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Yes, you are excellent.

Even after looking at your mouth and asking “what did you do?” and finding out you gave yourself a hickey from sucking the air out of a water bottle. But even then, you are still excellent.

And we learn all kinds of things in different ways, don’t we?

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3 thoughts on “Hands-on Learning

  1. Congratulations, Max! I love reading about your homeschool projects, and love the diorama – good job!

  2. Boys are all kinds of wonderful, aren’t they? Hands on is the best way to go! I just wish I was better at supplying this kind of educational opportunities for my kiddo!
    Looks like his project was done well!

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