It was filled with all sorts of metal recycling items.
Parts of cars, old metal easy up parts, metal from old cages, and pop cans.
Today the lad learned about taking metal out to the recyclers. We talked about how metal can be reused, what sorts of metal, what kinds of things can be made from old pop cans, and why they like to take old metal back.
We found our way to the recyclers. it was a new place to us and took a bit of figuring to get to, but we made it okay. On the way we talked about a dream to make an outdoor cattery... or what the lad calls a cat coop. :) We got on that discussion when I mentioned where we got his cat Milo from.
The lad helped us unload the pop cans and then helped me safely back up after we went on the ramp to be weighed. He was a good spotter, I am NOT a good backer upper. :)
How is this homeschooling?
2. practical learning: hands on seeing what metal is, sorting it, crushing it to conserve space,
3. the answering and asking of questions
4. conservation of the earth
5. saving money, earning money
6. starting and finishing a project (saving pop cans and then selling them)
7. attention to detail
Before we left the lad also had this brilliant idea about making money at the yard sale next month. He dug up some of the maple trees in the yard and has temporarily planted them in one of the raised beds. His goal: sell them for $1 each. He'll need to keep them watered, but dad and I will help him remember. And he'll need to look for pots to put them in (gardening centres we hope will help with this aspect of things).
All in all an excellent homeschooling day, which rounded out an excellent homeschooling week. If all weeks went like this one life would be very grand indeed. :)