There 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