One of the advantages of homeschooling is that we don’t have to follow convention. We can follow inspiration in the moment, we can use the world as our classroom, and we can dispense with the wearing of shoes.
This morning, James picked up a tape measure. William, concerned that it might be a safety issue, came to tell me about it. I decided that we should work with James’ curiosity about the tape measure. I set them an assignment that would satisfy James’ need to know what the tool is for, and William’s interest in more real-life math. It was also something to keep them both constructively occupied for a while.
I asked them to measure a fence panel, and a gate, and then to count up the numbers of each.
Later, I had William multiply the measurements by the numbers of each. And we explored some long division when we converted the inches to feet. An excellent way to spend an hour or so learning – and getting some fresh air. In bare feet.