Friday, October 1, 2010

Teaching Moments

One of the cool things about homeschooling is that Niles can pursue, to a certain degree, his interests in all things military.  For example, we are studying the Revolutionary War, as I've said before, so he's been learning lots of interesting facts about the soldiers.  I got a free copy of a dvd series on America that was done by the History channel, from the founding of the country to modern times.  So he & Luca were sitting and watching the section on the American Revolution the other day.  I like the History Channel stuff because it does reenactments and puts names to people in historic events.  For example, they were talking about the minutemen and read a letter from one of them to their wife. Anyhow, during this segment, Niles starts filling Luca in on all the details of the Minutemen, why their uniforms were different from the Red Coats, etc.  During the portion on the ride of Paul Revere, Niles also starts talking about the poem by Longfellow he'd just read.  It was really cool for me to just sit back and listen to Niles as he took this time to really explain and teach more information to Luca without even realizing he was doing it.

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