Susan Wise Bauer is a notable educator and the author of several well-regarded curricula, not to mention the Bible of rigorous academic homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind. When she says in her books that a project has educational value, I have no choice but to believe her.
I therefore present to you a Norman castle constructed out of Rice Krispy Treats:
And ruled by a mismatched and oversized pair of stuffies:
There’s a lot of debate in some circles about what it means to be “rigorous” with regard to home education. Is it the amount of work? The breadth and depth of studies? Acceleration? The inclusion of Latin and lab sciences at early ages?
Well, I’m here to settle the question: The essential element is Krispy Treats. If you and your kids build a Norman castle out of Krispy Treats, that’s rigorous homeschooling right there. If you don’t agree, you’ll have to take it up with Susan Wise Bauer.