There’s a new weekly homeschool/education meme hosted by Fivejs. She wants to know how you fill up your kids’ thirst for knowledge.
In our house, we love doing hands-on projects. OK, let me rephrase that. The kids love doing hands-on projects. I am not so fond of the mess. But, I have found that nothing gets my kids more excited about what they’re learning in their studies than making something tangible.
One of the reasons that I chose Tapestry of Grace as our main curriculum is because it includes so many great ideas for hands-on projects. Some of the projects that we completed this year are:
- 10 Plagues books
- Sugar cube pyramids, salt dough maps, and cookie dough maps
- A model of the tabernacle
But here’s my problem. For all the great projects that we completed, we started 2 others that we didn’t finish. I don’t know how to fix this problem. Actually, I’m not even sure if it is a problem.
An unpainted salt dough map of Europe, next to a volcano that IS actually finished.
An unfinished Roman villa adding to the general clutter of the basement.
Part of the reason this bothers me so much is that I see this pattern in my own personal life, as well as in my mother’s. I have been working hard at finishing what I start, and I do think that I’ve improved over the years. Unfortunately, even though the unfinished projects are hidden away, they aren’t completely gone. They make me feel guilty whenever I stumble across them.
What’s the solution? Don’t start so many projects? Maybe. I think one thing I definitely need to do is evaluate the purpose of each project before we start.
- What is my ultimate goal in doing this project?
- Can the project be done in a simpler way so that we will be more likely to complete it?
- Do we have time to complete this project?
Hopefully, by thinking about projects beforehand, you and I won’t have to look at a basement full of unfinished projects next summer.
I’m also going to throw away unfinished projects that make me feel guilty!