So Many Great Questions!
Kids are full of so many curious questions, aren’t they? If your kids are anything like mine, they pick the best places to ask their questions. Places like from the backseat of the car on a road trip, in the line at the grocery checkout, and always during the quiet part of a concert or play.
Somewhere along the homeschool journey, things begin “clicking”” with the kids and learning. Home educating starts becoming organic. It starts feeling like it’s happening everywhere. It’s exciting to watch the questions start coming at a rapid-fire rate. Great questions like, ‘Why do we wear seatbelts?’ are answered in these FREE Laws of Motion experiments
BUT, the gazillion questions make a mama crazy some days.
Especially this mama! It always starts with simple questions like, “Why?” or “How come, Mom?” At our house, these are known as “Questions from the Backseat,” because it seems like we are always going somewhere when someone in the ’way-back’ asks a really good question.
Now that the kids are older the questions have evolved as well. A few years ago we were driving along and my oldest (6 at the time), ask from the “way-back” of the van, “Mom, is the Ice Age real?
Me: (yelling at the rear view mirror) “Um, yeah, well, let’s see. It’s kinda hard to explain while I’m driving, Honey. Let’s talk about it later.”
Well, we all forgot until the next ill-timed moment for a question arose. This happened a few times. Every time their questions were always really good. The subjects were different, but always ones that I didn’t want to give just a “Yes, or No” type answer.
It was about the same time my youngest was conducting a few ‘laws of motion experiments’ on the porch swing. You know the ones where a 3-year-old is a master of the ‘What happens if…?’ type of questions. His porch swing hypothesis ended in a giant goose-egg bruise on his forehead.
Apparently, he wanted to figure out what happens if you try to swing on the porch swing standing up (only to realize his arms aren’t long enough to reach the chains and hang on) ?♀️.
Despite all the mishaps and mischievousness, I really wanted to dig deep into their questions. So, I began saying, “Oh, write that down and we will look it up and talk about it later when we are home!”
After a few failed attempts at remembering to do it later, I finally bought a book. Just a simple little book that would fit in my purse, or pocket in the car. This tiny book has had a few different titles. Questions from the Backseat was the working title when we lived in The States, as we seemed to be driving everywhere. Looking out the window whilst listening to music or a story always fostered good questions.
And that’s where it all began. We gathered our questions and begin using them as part of our morning time together to research & discuss a variety of different things that we were curious about and then share the answers with one another.
An inquisitive mind is the best kind!
At one point, someone asked, “Why do we wear seatbelts?” It would have been easy to go with the ‘to keep us safe’ answer, but learning sticks better when there’s a hand’s on component, doesn’t it?
So that little question turned into a really fun, hand-on experiment based on Sir Isaac Newton‘s Laws of Motion. This science experiment is a perfect way to explain the answer to a curious homeschooler before they actually try the ‘What happens if…?’ approach to learning.
These FREE Laws of Motion Experiments offer a scientific answer to why everyone should wear a seat belt.
Your kids will love this 3-part experiment using their Lego bricks.
Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (ages 12 & 15) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical/Charlotte Mason style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their classroom. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.
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