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Monday, September 14, 2009

Recycle, Reuse, Read

I'm not exactly the go greener type.

I believe in recycling and making do with older stuff, like my ratty tennies that I wear until they fall off my feet--much to my wife's chagrin. I plant trees in my backyard and we grow squash quite successfully. But "going green" feels political, and I don't like politics. But care for this little blue ball on which we live? Save some money? Be good to others? Absolutely.

And that's why I'm so excited about one of my birthday presents from my wife: A titanium spork.


Spork

I got to use it for the first time today at lunch, and it works like a charm.

That's why I'm going to share with you how Sonlight is like my spork.

Just as I can now reuse my spork every day instead of getting out a new plastic one, every single Sonlight curriculum package is reusable with multiple children. Not only can you use Sonlight with multiple children in a single year, but you can also reuse the program years later with another child who wasn't ready for it when you first purchased it.

That's the beauty of Sonlight's Cores: You can reuse--and thereby recycle--your school materials. How do we do it?

Read.

Wonderful books, lesson plans, extra notes, a complete (yet flexible) schedule...

Perhaps it's time to trade in the plastic forks of education--worksheets--for the titanium sporks of Sonlight. And if you don't "go green" for yourself, think of the children! <smile>

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

11 comments:

Meg_L said...

Me thinks you might be a ThinkGeek fan.

se7en said...

Hay you! I am all for recycling... The more folk that read a book the cheaper it becomes. Folk often ask us how on earth we pay to educate so many kids and we see it just gets cheaper and cheaper. I think they imagine we buy so many cores every year - but it is just the lead core and a couple of workbooks... really it does get cheaper and cheaper!!!

Mrs. C said...

Bwa! That's salesmanship!! Love it.

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

This made me laugh, but it is such a great point! Love it!

Luke said...

Meg, excellent observation! You are right on the money <smile>.

Se7en, absolutely: Homeschooling two (or ten) children isn't that much more expensive than homeschooling one. <smile>

Mrs. C, glad you approve <smile>.

Angie, <smile>.

~Luke

Robin E. said...

I love your analogy; it made me smile. I just felt the need to post a comment, maybe so you will know that people are reading.

Luke said...

Thanks so much, Robin! We bloggers do so love comments and knowing people read and like what we have to say. ...at least, I sure do <smile>.

~Luke

Julie said...

cool analogy. Should've made the title "Recycle, Reuse, Reread" cuz, well, you KNOW all those Sonlight books get reread til the cover falls off!! :)

Luke said...

Doh! Why didn't I realize that! Great point, Julie. That would have been a much better title. ...and if fit the theme better too. <smile>.

~Luke

Butter said...

I don't think I've ever heard of someone comparing a homeschooling curriculum to a spork. Very clever.

Luke said...

<smile> I do my best to use creative imagery.

~Luke


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