I’ve just finished watching Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” with my 7-year old. It continues a rabbit hole we’ve gone down since we started homeschooling this year.
We pulled my son from school mid-year, and have mostly spent our time deschooling. He’s always learning, and we’ve followed his lead on topics of interest just like we have always done. His cousin introduced him to the song Thriller a year ago, which he loved, but his interest faded. Then a couple months ago he saw a children’s movie preview that included the song, “Bad,” by Michael Jackson. And we were off.
What we’ve done
We’ve listened to so much music. He’s watched videos and has spent hours practicing dance moves. We have read biographies. We’ve studied the map to see where Michael was born and where he’s lived throughout his life. He’s drawn portraits of Michael. Most recently, he directed his sister and cousin in recreating several music videos that he recorded, and he’s been working on designing himself a costume.
Some activities he has spent time doing on his own, and some we have done together at his request. That’s the beauty of not being at school. He can involve us, and we’re all enjoying his learning.
Delight driven learning
I know it may seem like a strange subject to a lot of people. But it has involved so much learning. It has encompassed music, art, reading, movement and dance, story telling, and so much more. He’s seen how music is made, what goes into music and concert production. We’ve checked out the map to see all the places around the world Michael Jackson has lived. And it’s also allowed us to discuss some difficult topics such as death, drugs, abuse, publicity, and fame (all in developmentally appropriate ways, of course).
My son loved this biography of Michael Jackson. We’ve started reading some of the other books in this series, and we’re both really enjoying them as well. (Affiliate link)