Grayson quickly decided that using wood is not the way to go for him and decided to try bamboo. Luckily our neighbors across the street have plenty to spare and were delighted when he offered to cut some down.
Grayson starts by cutting near a joint in the bamboo to have one solid end and one open end.
Next, he carves a slanted opening for the air escape.
Now he is studying flutes and how to create different tones. His new goal is to carve flutes for an upcoming conference. This is real-life learning. I could not have even dreamed up this particular curriculum where he would learn what he has taught himself.
I share this as a reminder that learning takes place in many forms and sometimes the out of the ordinary can produce the most knowledge. My husband and I decided a long time ago to let our boys be free to learn on their own when a talent or passion arises. We have seen the results that this type of learning can create and I encourage you, especially when your homeschool may be struggling, to loosen the reins and let their passions take hold. You never know what they may come up with.
Although I really hope it isn’t a whistle.
Your ears will thank you!
You might enjoy this story and the activities we have in this literature unit. It is all about a boy and his imagination.