There are times in which we as homeschoolers go through in which, for one reason or another, we can't homeschool the way we want to. Sometimes it is moving into a new house that gets in the way. Sometimes it is a chronic illness. Sometimes it is not a extended period of time, but days instead of weeks. Either way, it is important to realize that you can homeschool through difficult times.
If you get out of the typical schooling mind-set and realize that you can and should educate your children year round. I don't mean a year around book-learning-at-the-table type learning but that you can cultivate beneficial learning all day, every day.
I have realized through my years of homeschooling that it doesn't matter what you teach or how much of any particular subject you teach, but that the most important thing to teach is how to teach yourself.
Part of that, of course, is learning the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, but it is much more than that. It is how to find out what you want to learn. How to think.
What are the steps to this?
What are the steps to this?
Fill their lives full of good books, good toys, good games and as little television as possible. Fill their lives with constructive things to do, handicrafts and pastimes of simpler days, activities and things that inspire creativity and thinking.
Make sure they have plenty of free time to be able to explore their own interests and to learn how to amuse and teach themselves. If you schedule each hour of their day with activities, they never learn these skills.
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All of these things are good background things to do to prepare for difficult times, but what do you do when the difficult times come?
Remember to stick to the basics, (reading, writing and mathematics) and they will explore the other things on their own.
If you can, have other family members teach some. Have Dad pitch in, or an older sibling. A little from everybody, like the proverbial stone soup, makes a complete program. The exposure to alternate teaching styles is another bonus.
Blogging sometimes makes us feel that if our school is not photo-quality, then school is not getting accomplished. That is not true. You do not have to do an exciting, hands-on, photogenic activity to do schoolwork.
Remember that you don’t have to sit at a table to do schoolwork.
Read together in your bed, if that’s where you spend most of your time. (That is where we do a lot of our reading even when I’m well.) Play educational board games. Do verbal games such as reciting passages or times tables.
But most importantly, do not worry, they are learning. All the time. Every day.
So for my homeschool weekly report, I don't have anything to show you, because we only...
read books of all types, fiction and non-fiction. We learned, among other topics, about horseshoe crabs, the cities and towns of Maryland, the American presidents, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in particular, the Wild West. We have been reading works of fiction such as The Secret Garden, Crab Moon, One False Note.
watched videos on the state of Delaware and on the Twentieth Century.
tended the gardens, from watering to weeding.
had many, many discussions about all sorts of topics, from how salt lowers the freezing point to the purpose of mosquitoes.
visited a Mexican market and talked to the owner about how to prepare cactus to eat. (We will be going back again, so I will take pictures then.)
learned about beetles after finding one in the backyard and identified leaves found on a walk.
played at the beach.
played WWII Monopoly, Mahjong, Solitaire, Mancala and with a US map puzzle.
looked at the globe.
made some preliminary plans for James' half-birthday carnival and for Camp Bergenholtz.
made new and old favorites recipes.
made homemade sorbet and ice cream including some with fresh strawberries.
made Watermelon Rind pickles.
What learning took place at your house this week?
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