I’ve been busy this summer attending online workshops/webinars concerning different aspects of home education. For the last 5 weeks, I have been studying project-based homeschooling. It is a mix of maker philosophy with mentoring thrown in. For the most part, I agree with what I am learning and I hope to carve out some project space in our schedule this fall in a deliberate way. A huge part of learning how to support your child in project learning is to identify the deep interests by observing and having conversations. I have kept a journal to help me pay attention to what they play, questions asked and materials that may be needed and those specifically requested to move forward on a project or library ideas. This morning, as the kids played yet another session of “Hamsters” (not to be confused with “Cats” which was played tonight), I wondered if I should record this play as showing a deep interest. What could that interest be? Softness? Furry things? Certainly not pet ownership. At least not the furry kind.