Saturday, August 20, 2011

15 Lessons from a (retired) Homeschool Mom - part three


Our series continues . . .

7. My goal was never just to get school work done, but instead, was to develop life long learners. In this information age, we do not have time to teach our kids everything. But if they know how to find and learn the information they want/need . . . our kids will do well.

The saddest thing to me would be to spend all of this money, time and energy to homeschool . . . and then to graduate kids that did not have the love of learning.

8. Leave room in your schedule for your kids to pursue their own interests. I left lots of margin in our homeschooling day.

There were multiple topics our girls studied on their own, just because they wanted to . . . women authors, World War II, Monet and many other artists, Amish lifestyle, knitting, crocheting, quilting and so much more. (I had nothing to do with this.)

(For example, I remember my surprise the first time I took the girls to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. They were in elementary school. When we got to the Monet section, the girls talked on and on . . . "this is the painting Monet did when his wife was dying, or he was loosing his sight on this one, or he painted this picture at four different times of the day." Of course, I knew none of this, and was thrilled to see what they had taught themselves . . . just because they were interested in this subject.)

9. Include all of life as school and learning and record it in your lesson plans. Piano lessons, cooking, sewing classes, library events, youth group, our summer trips to Europe with Royal Servants, visits from Grandparents (who always taught the girls amazing things), etc. I also included chores in the lesson plans. Having your kids home all day and working on projects, can get messy. Teach your kids to keep the house clean.

11 comments:

  1. I've really enjoyed this series. Glenda. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us....as always!!!

    Sarahxx

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  2. Some more great tips and ideas! I'm loving this series!

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  3. You were a home schooler like me....so fun to read...such similar vision on home education

    I have watched my four adult children now continue to develop their delight of learning that they received through our school...that is when I see my object was successful...it was truly so much more than book learning

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  4. I'm SO enjoying this series Glenda! I haven't been able to comment as it seems when I'm reading blogs I'm always nursing the new babe! :) Thanks for all of the wonderful words of wisdom. We are hoping to officially start our school year in a couple of weeks and these posts have been great for me as I start planning and thinking through our schedules and plans!

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  5. I so love number 8. I bet that was so rewarding.

    Also, I've tried to do number 9 with my kids since they've been born.

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  6. Just want to to know I'm reading these interesting posts, my friend!

    Doris

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  7. What fun these are to read! Homeschooling is a high calling (not mine, though) and I really admire you for doing it...and doing it so well.

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  8. Thanks for sharing Glenda. I'm so loving this! I'm looking up parts 2 & 1 which I missed. Hope you're having a great weekend. :)

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  9. Glenda I can see that you were the perfect Home-School Teacher!!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  10. unfortunately, my in-laws are not big fans of us homeschooling, but my parents are awesome with helping with "school" which is, like you said, EVERYTHING! and chores are key! they need to know to help out. it's not all MAMA's job.
    and i love that too with teaching themselves. we were on the beach in NC this summer and Noah found a "mermaid's purse". i had no idea what it was. i thought it was a dried up leaf. but no, he'd read some sea life books and learned it was a shark's eggs. how cool is that!? i would've never known the difference :)

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  11. I had to laugh at #7. My youngest is all the time reading, looking, learning and I'm amazed at where he learns the stuff he does, because I know we've not covered it in school!

    My in-laws were very supportive, but my mother not so much. She gradually came to understand and see how beneficial it was for our kids and how we based each year's decision on that specific child's needs. I think I was more much more fun as a teacher when the kids were younger, but I'm more relaxed about it now - less stressed.

    Alicia - That must have been so incredibly cool for Noah - My boys would have LOVED to have found a shark's egg!!! Wow! And that he even knew what it was is more amazing!

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