I’ve sung the praises of our experience with Destination Imagination before, but I’m about to do it again. We probably won’t start meeting with our team until November, but I just noticed the challenges have come out since I last checked so I got all excited! Our team is a Rising Stars team so this year’s challenge revolves around learning all about bugs. We’ll have to go to the Bug Zoo at the Natural History Museum and the Invertebrate House at the Zoo! Who knows what else! I think Destination Imagination (or the organization they spun off from – Odyssey of the Mind) is perfect for homeschoolers because it encourages the sort of socialization experiences that all kids need. Last year, while I’m not saying they perfected this or anything, the kids on my team learned to work together, to negotiate with each other, to compromise, to brainstorm together and to generally have fun while doing it. Plus, there is the creative component. I’ve written a little about creativity here. I think the way that Destination Imagination provides a structure and rigid rules while also opening the door for complete chaos within that framework is the perfect way to encourage creativity.