When Gayle and I began the journey of home educating our children, I applied my efforts to seeking out useful science resources.  Since science was my interest and strong point, Gayle welcomed my initiatives.  We were encouraged by a friend to add a lot of science to the children’s learning – especially in the primary grades.  So, we set off to find books that could help us bring science to life in the minds of our young children. 

Building a science display takes time.  The process of building the display also takes up a lot of room and can disrupt the pattern of daily schedules for a number of weeks.  What is the value of a science display, considering that you might only display it once?  I suppose that if you view a science display as an ‘extra’ – a thing that you have to go out of your way to do – then its value may equal that of an increased burden.  Alternately, if you view a science display as an assembly of summarized learning, together with supporting devices, then its value becomes… invaluable! 

There exists constant pressure in our society to adapt to a way of thinking.  Webster’s dictionary defines ‘adapt’ as “to modify (oneself) to conform to a circumstance or environment” or alternatively “to become adjusted to a circumstance or environment.”  When studying and researching in the sciences, the student will eventually (if not immediately) encounter the evolution perspective.  Whether it is biology, geology or astronomy, the processes of evolution will be applied to living and non-living objects.  When something evolves, it is believed to have changed from a less complex form to a higher order of complexity.  Ignoring this perspective will not make it disappear.  But remember… it is only a perspective.Webster’s dictionary describes evolution as a doctrine.  Yes, a doctrine! 

I would venture to say that most people have enough interest in robots that they would give a few moments of their time to allow themselves the amusement of watching robots in action. Beyond this, I have observed that fewer people actually have enough interest in robots to wrestle with how they work and to learn what their abilities and their limitations are. I think that there also exists a middle-ground camp of those who imagine that they might have an interest in robots but they are just not sure of ‘where to start’.  

Summer is a wonderful time for getting out to play and to explore the wonderful handiwork of God’s creation. Even though many of you suspend your formal homeschool studies during this time, I encourage you to use the summer for building greater momentum in your science program.  

When people seek more information about the science and technology event, one of the first questions that I hear – with a tone of apprehension in their voice – is: “Is this a science fair?” The answer I give is “no” – to which I hear a sigh of relief.  

 

Here is a summary of information that should be helpful to those who want to participate in the WISDOM Homeschooling Science and Technology events:

The event is NOT a competition. There will be no ‘judges’ and there are no prizes. Rather, this is an opportunity for a student or family to summarize their course of study in an area of science and/or technology. No one should feel as though someone else has a ‘better’ topic. Rather, this is an opportunity to share YOUR learning with others.  Thereby, everyone can benefit by being exposed to a greater variety of topics that might not be achievable on one’s own.

My parents began homeschooling me in grade 1, but I'm sure they never thought at the time that they would continue to do so right up until high school. We took a rather eclectic approach, which means that we drew resources from various places and put together our own curriculum to meet our (my) needs. It worked very well for us, but as I neared high school, my parents began to feel a certain amount of apprehension. Were they doing the right thing? Personally, I was very excited about homeschooling through high school, and told my parents that this was what I wanted to do. We discussed together what I wanted to study before I graduated, and although my parents had their own requirements I had to fulfill, I was able to direct my own education to certain extent. Because what we'd been doing so far had been working for us, it only made sense to continue in that way.

Tiger WoodsA serious golfer, when his game starts going out of control, immediately reflects on the basics of the game and then focuses on himself and disciplines his mind, body and will in order to correct any bad habits that may be causing the downfall of his game. He may even ask help from a friend and make himself accountable to this person help him carry out a set plan for improving.

We live in hectic times, and Christians are not immune. When we realize our life is starting to get out of control, we should do no less than a serious golfer. We also should immediately go back to the basics of Christian living. Then we must take charge of our thinking, and exercise our will to change or break any bad habits, form good habits and limit our wants.

When a nun complained to Mother Teresa about not having enough time to care for all her patients, Mother Teresa responded by saying that means you must spend more time praying....

G.K. Chesterton, the great Christian writer of the early 20th century, said, “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” This statement is the antidote for so much of what ails our culture, and specifically our home schooling. Reluctant to start until we are well prepared, and reluctant to stop until we are absolutely finished, we can find ourselves controlled by inertia.

Inertia: the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity.... Inertia is that force that causes us to stay put, to avoid getting up in the morning, or filing our income tax, or cleaning the bathroom. Inertia also is the force that keeps us going once we have begun.

Let’s look at the inertia that keeps us going once we have begun.