In my previous post, I started discussing ways that you can begin to free up some of your life, and begin homeschooling. So today, I’d like to touch on some easy best practices that you could implement if you:
- are in a situation where your child must remain in school due to your work-life or because the other parent is not in agreement with homeschooling
- you want to try doing what you can, but are not ready to make the full commitment at this point
Now, the first action I want you to take is to look inwardly.
What are your hobbies? The majority of parents are already bringing their kids up in a particular way according to their interests. Men and sports are a great example of this behavior. Children are taught about the parent’s favorite sport, how to play it, where to play it, who to cheer for, all lessons that last with the child for their entire life! I could stop writing now and we could just ponder the strength of this example. As Christians know very well, “sports fever” has had a tremendous impact on church youth groups across the country! So if you just start with a topic you love to physically perform and/or in which you find psychological fulfillment, you have lined the bike up at the top of the hill and set yourself up for momentum to fly down.
For this essay, I asked for a couple of readers if they would be willing to be used for a case study. Allow me to introduce you to LeAnne and Aaron. So let’s start with LeAnne. I asked her about her main hobbies, which were decorating, bowling, massage and cooking (hey look, don’t try to say I’m sexist, she said cooking). Let’s say she has elementary school aged children that she will be instructing. I would recommend she starts with just 30 minutes of focused instructional time. We are going to combine cooking and decorating and make up our own homeschooling class called, Applied Studies.
Monday – Vocabulary / Example: All things kitchen
Tuesday – Short stories & Writing / Example: Foods around the world
Wednesday – Business / Example: If this was our business, what would we do today? Cover everything from the physical building to what to serve for dessert.
Thursday – Science / Example: Weights and Measurements
Friday – History / Example: Where does food come from? Where did McDonald’s come from?
Now for Aaron. His main hobbies were singing and spending time with his kids. Let’s assume his kids are junior high school and above. Again, just 30 minutes of focused instructional time is where he could start.
Monday – Music genres / Example: Deep study on gospel music
Tuesday – Lyrical study / Example: Amazing Grace
Wednesday – Music Business / Example: Contracts, Money, Distribution
Thursday – Science of Sound / Example: Speed of sound, how do various musical instruments function?
Friday – History / Example: Artist focus, answering the “5W’s and 1H” about a particular artist.
This was just a simple brainstorm, but the key is including plenty of variety for your interest and the child’s interest as well. You could keep this rotation from September to December to see how if feels and make adjustments as needed. Since spending time is an important element for Aaron, some museum trips once per month would be great and could provide ideas for other lessons. Some nights, we fire up videos of TV One’s Unsung, and watch an episode of a particular artist, and I share what I know about the artist and afterward we search out videos of their work, or seek out more about their life, etc..
Lastly, I cannot express this enough, be flexible! I know so many people who hit the gym as a newbie hard for two weeks in a row, then something happens and they miss a day, and all the wheels come off the wagon and they just quit. For my readers in the midwest, imagine if your school did this when there is an unexpected snow storm that hits and the kids get a “snow day”? Would you be okay of they just said, “We shall resume again after the new year”?
So there you go. Insert your favorite hobby and just begin by making a structured effort to ALWAYS BE TEACHING! Give it a trial run and add one more subject, then another, then another. The universe is your university, so why let others decide the size of your child’s universe?
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I love this! I never would’ve thought about this approach! Thank you for sharing your insight and wisdom! Definitely going to start the simple incorporating into our daily routine and eventually full blown home schooling! They’ve actually been asking when we’re going to start home schooling!😂
I usually involve them with the cooking, cleaning, decorating, house chores etc but now! I know how I can take it further and help them grow! Thank you again!
I dig this creative approach to teaching and learning and thirty minutes doesn’t seem too overwhelming. I’m having some feelings right now because of my realization of how rigid / non-creative I am just concerning learning something on my own, let alone if I had to teach information to someone else–I’d probably be just as boring as how I was instructed. It begs the question how much of my rigid mindset was learned in public school as there are many personal testimonies and articles written expressing how schools kill creativity. Actually, could you touch upon public schooling killing creativity in a future blog? Thank you so much!
Thanks Alex! Thirty minutes is a breeze and will be over before you know it. As a matter of fact, I think it could even be implemented for relatives that watch kids in their home on a regular basis as well. Thanks for your suggestion as well, and if I don’t write an article on creativity soon, I’ll be sure to touch on the subject in the next podcast!
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Brilliant idea on even implementing this through relatives who watch kids in their home on a regular basis…once again, I would not have thought of this! I hope (soon) to be having more ‘Aha’ moments instead of ‘duh…why didn’t I think of that?’…it truly doesn’t dawn on you. Looking forward to your commentary on creativity! Also, we reflect in our home about the topics discussed on this site.