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50/50 | workhouseblogThere are moments of utter craziness or genius that happens when homeschooling. Ideas that look really great in books or on the internet that don’t play out the same in real life in real time. Then there are those times when you say something out loud that sounds so amazing that you just have to give it a try. This project was of the latter.

In the fall we started studying the United States, the flag, the states and capitols but things got a little boring and hard to grasp for a second grader. I asked Miss Beans if she would like to try and meet a person from every single state, to ask them a few questions and document it all in one place. She was totally on board.  So in early November we set out on our quest to meet a person in each of the fifty states via video chat, we started with friends on FB and from there the project quickly caught on like wildfire, we had people lined up for weeks at a time but after the holidays (with just a handful of states left) things were beginning to fizzle. But that didn’t stop us, we persevered, mom wrote several emails to the department of tourisim in our remaining 4 states and held steadfast. A few weeks ago we accomplished our goal of befriending people across the U.S. and celebrated with cupcakes. To my delight, Miss Beans interviewed all 50 people herself , including a 100 year old farmer from North Dakota! She learned the ropes of breaking the ice, engaging with all sorts different people, ages, accents and listened to each of their stories and soon realized that we are really are much more connected to people than it may seem, even if they live in another state..well, and that a lot of people really like Panda Express. Her world just got a whole lot bigger.

Here is a link to her blog: 50/50 project




50 / 50 project

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Hello Friends! Thanks to everyone for their continued support on this memorable project. Lucy is making friends across the country, finding out that we are all more connected to each other than one would first think. This is currently what our map looks like. We are still looking for connections in: Kansas, Delaware, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Vermont and Georgia. All other states are in the works but could thing could change at any moment. Lucy is learning all sorts of life lessons through this project including one of being stood up, but she easily brushes it off and then we are out to look for another lead. So if you or someone you know who might be willing to help out in any of the unmarked states, please contact us via the contact link above or in the comments below.

We are gathering all of our info, stories and facts in one place and looking forward to sharing the final project with everyone!


miss beans // project of all second grade projects

map1104 (map via mr. printables)

::UPDATE:: (Nov 7th) We are SO close, most States are in the works but we have yet to find people for: Kansas, Delaware, Wisconsin, Georgia and So. Carolina. THANKS for everyone’s  response and enthusiasm on this project, we appreciate all your reposting, comments and connections. ::

Lucy is working on  a rather ambitious project, we are finishing up our lesson on The States and Capitols and thought it would be awesome to meet a person from ALL 50 states! This was the first we started on ‘meeting’ our way through the country and learning about each state from a personal perspective, other than from books or sites. She already has learned so many interesting facts, heard some hilarious personal stories and listened to peoples’ family history and connection to each state. AND has met some really amazing people!! I can see that there is an excitement and a newfound love of where she lives and this will be a project she will remember forever. She is really excited about this adventure, although it sometimes doesn’t translate well via video chat- she is also learning how to break the ice quickly with these new acquaintances.

As you can see we are making our mark on the map. I was hoping with a little help from you and the power of the internet, we can make this come true. The star-less states are where we need kind folks for 10 minutes of their time via video chat with Lucy to answer some simple questions about their state. If you or anyone you know might be willing to help this come into fruition please contact me at: deshaigh{at}gmail{dot}com for more info and please feel free to share this!

If all things go well, this is what our map will look like after the weekend! I will keep this map up to date as things change and can’t wait to share the final results with everyone!




unschooling /// stories

51JonzTBC0L._SS500_my little brother gifted this to lucy for christmas. the cd is quite wonderful and entertaining. we are all enjoying the stories and its nice that every one is told by a different actor.  it also allows for cuddles on the couch with cups of tea and cozy blankets, homeschooling at its best!