Friday, May 17, 2013

Homework Can Be Fun

I'm not generally a big fan of homework. If your boys are in school, you know that are only so many precious hours between the end of the school day and bedtime, time that must be divvied up between relaxing, eating, spending time with family, personal interests, family responsibilities and, uh, homework.

But every now and then, a homework project comes along that feeds my boys' interests -- one that enhances, rather than detracts, from their lives. Those are the homework projects I love. And luckily, we had not one but two of them here in the last 24 hours.

This is Boy #3. He's been studying lumberjacks in 4th grade, and today is the annual Lumberjack Breakfast. So this morning, I got to draw a beard on my 10-year-old.

Boy #2, meanwhile, has been working on an English project. The kids have been learning about similes and metaphors and other literacy devices, and had to dream up an imaginary product and use those literary devices in a commercial to "sell" the product. My son imagined a product, wrote a script and made this commercial:

This kind of homework, I love.

Have your boys done any creative projects lately? Tell me about them!


  1. Glad to hear homework can be inspiring. Your kids are great!

    1. Hi Andrea! Good to hear from you. I just popped over to take a peek at your blog. I'm pleased to see that you and your family have found the freedom of unschooling! Enjoy it, and know that if your boys ever do decide to try institutional schooling, they'll do fine. My boys are doing very well in school, in spite of (or because of, depending on your perspective) their years of homeschooling.

  2. Love the lumberjack look :-)

    Great to find your blog, I would love for you to link up some of your posts at the Mommy Archive - we're focused on the challenges of raising boys this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists