Beards-A Learning Opportunity

The other day during our weekly discussions a fellow home school parent was telling us about how she uses her children’s interests to guide their weekly lesson plans.

Her children were asking about different types of facial hair and why their daddy has a beard so she came up with a lesson plan for a whole day that involves beards.  She had her twelve year old write a short story about how to take care of beards while the two younger children matched upper case letter faces to the corresponding lowercase letters’ beard.

Her twelve year old came up with some interesting beard facts that she asked me to share on the blog.  There is an average of 30,000 hairs (from in an average man’s beard.  Men should use beard oil (if you are unfamiliar with beard oil check out Beardbrand) as a conditioner to keep beards soft and manageable.

After English time kids all did a beard math game that she created.  She asked them a variety of math questions and for each one they got they were able to add an extra hair to their own personal beard.  In order to do this she cut out line in brown construction paper and used two way tape.  She said they looked adorable with their little beards.

For craft time they used shaving cream and different colors of food coloring to make different crafts. The website I’ve linked has several great ideas for shaving cream crafts.  You can even dye Easter eggs using the saving cream and dye method.

They then used the internet to look up the different layers in a single strand of hair and how hair is formed.  They got out their microscope and checked out each of their hair under magnification.  They took notes of the similarities and the differences.

She let the discussion naturally lead itself and it landed on different types of animal hair.  They then collected hair from the dog and cat and they got a feather from their bird’s cage and studied that in the microscope as well.

They ended up putting shaving cream on their faces and fake shaving it off.  That was the end of the lesson for that day but she turned it into a whole weeks plan by including the scales of reptiles, and the bark on trees.

I hope that this post inspires you to let your children lead the lessons based on their interests.  If a child is interested in a particular topic it is so easy to plan a whole day or a whole week on that certain topic. With enough creativity you can make it relate to all areas of their academic studies.

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