Camille needed a day at home yesterday. We started the day by making homemade custard to be frozen into ice cream. She separated 16 egg yolks and only broke one.
The eggs from our hens are widely varied, but they all have bright orange yolks from their diet of foraged foods.
Which led to making stone eggs. We happened to have on hand some soapstone, sandstone, a jewelers saw, and various files and sandpapers.
tutorial and basic recipe for making ice cream without an ice cream machine.
Camille has been seriously considering returning to homeschooling. In her teacher's own words, she is not being challenged academically. Unfortunately, she is being quite challenged to deal with bullies and 3rd grade social politics, such as what girl will be friends with what other girl and why.
After contacting the principal about serious and physical bullying on the school bus earlier this year, things had hit a low point and were improving, but the toll of all day every day is wearing her down. She will likely finish out the school year either way since there is less than two months to go.
Camille has started to think that learning = worksheets, memorization, and tests, but look at all that she learned from one day off. She learned about food science, ice crystal formation, and math (doubled recipe: 3/4 c. raw sugar x 2 = 1 1/2 c.) from making ice cream. And it was amazingly delicious!
From pretending to be a bird for half of the day, she learned how to work with different kinds of stones and their properties, bird call identification, animal communication, cooperation and nest building techniques.
Plus we watched How Stuff Works: Food and Beverage while eating popcorn, which definitely contained science, agriculture, and social studies. Plus, of course phys ed and quiet time, and much more...
Beyond helping children gain skills and knowledge, any mode of education would ideally facilitate children to be happy, healthy, interested, creative, and surrounded by love and friendship. If Camille can find that at school, then that is where she should be, but it's increasingly looking like a return to homeschooling / unschooling is in her future.