Imagine you're a Roman in the first century and you're looking at some warped glass, noticing its power of magnification. That's what Duncan and Liz are up to in part one of How the Romans Grew Creepy Crawlies (and You Can, Too!).
When we first started our home school adventure, we weren't sure how permanent our situation would be. Consequently, we did what we could to ensure that Duncan's transition back into public school would be as seamless as possible, just in case homeschooling didn't work out for us. Likewise, we made minimal changes in our home, shying away from modifications that seemed permanent. We didn't want to stray too far from our "before we homeschooled" world, just in case.
Observing Duncan's self-directed approach to programming games, inventing new (programmed) devices, and crafting visual stories was both spark and kindling for me. After all, his interests inspired and guided him far better than I might, pushing him through frustration and challenge, demanding his focus and attention, and delighting him with personal accomplishment. What might be possible if we created a context in which he could follow his interests along every vector?