By AMY MANN
Children’s Services, Warsaw Community Public Library
WARSAW — At a recent Homeschool Lego Club, I interviewed some participants to see why they had come to our monthly event. Mr. Duane was in charge and we had two volunteers, Joyce and Carol, to maintain order in the construction zone. As always, parents were encouraged to assist as well.
When asked, “What do you like about building with Legos?” Beth, 14, answered, “You can make anything you want without someone judging you.” Isabel, 9, replied that “you can build anything you can imagine”. Building structures at the club reminds Avery, 13, of Minecraft. Other children mentioned that they liked the creativity required, the colors of the blocks, and that it gets them away from video games.
The group was split when asked if they liked building from kits, or building on their own. Some enjoyed having the directions provided, while most preferred to build what their imaginations dictated.
What have these homeschoolers learned from playing with Legos? Hannah, 9, said, “Your mind can go a thousand ways.” Vance, 16, said “They hurt when you step on them.” This is true. Essalie, 5, said, “Don’t put them in your mouth.” Isabel learned “following instructions, and some physics and science.” Emmaline, 15, mentioned “basic design skills,” and Evelyn, 7, said “working together.”
Why do these participants enjoy coming to Homeschool Lego Club at WCPL? “Fun” was the most popular response, along with meeting other kids and being with friends.
We invite all homeschooling families to join us for our once-a-month club. We supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. We have a baby room and a teen room available so your entire family can have fun. No registration or library card is required. Our next club will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6.