Monday, February 27, 2012


I remember the days, not that long ago, when I allowed myself the pleasure of day dreaming a bit about homeschooling my children. You know the 'perfect-world' type of dreams. We would notice and discuss the world around us. Discovering answers to questions together (in a timely fashion, no less). I anticipated learning to be easy, ordered, completely stress free and lots of fun.

Now, though, I understand learning from the other side of the fence. And I've discovered that those picture-book day dreams sometimes do happen, on the odd occasion. But reality dictates that life isn't always quite as orderly as I would like. The questions which get asked as we are running out the door to get to swimming lessons on time, have the ability to take my breath away in amazement while at the same time leave me trembling in horror at the thought of having to answer them!

You know THOSE questions - the ones which can't be passed off with a sidelong glance or quick comment. The ones whose answer is either way too much to even contemplate, or maybe need a quick visit with 'google' first or more often than not in our household, they are dedicated to Daddy.
A few which have come from our home recently:

Well, as yet, I haven't pulled all my hair out in exasperation. I must admit to discovering a pretty clever idea while reading this book. It's been getting a lot of use while making my life a lot easier. It's our WHY Board. Isn't it nifty?

Questions can get added at any time of day or night, by anyone who so desires. And better still - I don't have to search through my mental database for the answers quite as often. Sometimes the questions remain for quite a while. Other's may be answered in a conversation just an hour later. Some may never get answered. But the whole point is that they are getting asked. The best thing is that the incredible minds which reside in our home are getting a constant workout in a productive way.

This one was vocalised while taking a trip on a train. At that particular moment I was rather busy with getting 4 children and one pram off the train and keeping us all together in one of  the busiest train stations in this part of the world, so a half-hearted comment was produced. I kept thinking how great it would be to actually demonstrate this - so onto the WHY Board it went. And thanks to Daddy and Thomas the Tank Engine, the "stretcher parts" on a train now have a totally new meaning.

It's such a simple idea, fun to have on the kitchen wall and makes the greatest conversation piece for all who are around!!

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  1. I love the idea of a "why board"!! I get asked why so many times a day. Most of them are simple answers, but then Little J asks some tough why questions and we sometime forget to go look up the answer. We'll try this or some version of this board. Thanks for sharing at AfterSchool.

  2. The "Why Board" I love the idea and we will be making it this week. It's so great to see children questioning and observing the world around them, makes great scientists! Thanks for sharing on the AfterSchool party!

  3. What a great way to store questions until you answer them!!! Thanks for sharing with the Afterschool Blog Hop :)