These photos capture what I love most about homeschool …
I love reading to my long-legged, lanky 12-year-old while she nestles in my lap. (Yes! She loves to still snuggle in my lap!)
I love our mornings filled with cuddles and giggles.
I love my little Miss. Lara and Laura & Little House books!
My youngest is growing up fast, yet she’s still a child who loves to kiss and cuddle and she loves to be loved. We have had countless loving moments in our homeschooling days.
Recently I remarked how public schooled kids miss out on parental touch and affection while they learn, and how fortunate and blessed we are to love each other throughout our days.
May I, yet again, urge new homeschool moms to relax and enjoy their children and develop deep and intimate school days. Avoid all those tears and tantrums with tailor-made homeschooling presented in the way that causes your child to blossom and bloom best. You have a wonderful opportunity to delight yourself alongside your child as he or she learns and discovers, so focus on the subjects and topics they are interested in.
Forget about “doing school at home”. Keep the essential basic lessons (reading, maths, handwriting) short, simple (literally no more than 20 minutes!) and then happily move on to the discovery and discussion subjects. Find out how to fit all the extras in and add variety by using a theme for each day.
Follow your child’s lead. Don’t struggle and “make them learn” by forcing lessons that they are not ready for. Shelve the lessons or books for a month or two and try again later if your child continually cries and complains. When your child is ready, they learn so fast and enthusiastically that it makes no sense to battle and fight with them and create a negative vibe about school. Tears and tantrums are a sign of fear.
Don’t compare yourself, your child, your children or others. Fear of failure is a dreadful result. While it is easier and makes good sense to work with several children in your family as a group for core subjects, rather approach each child as a complete individual. Observe and find out how each child prefers to learn new and difficult concepts and approach their learning in the way that best suits them.
My tactile, affectionate, visual, kinesthetic child loves to move, touch and do stuff while she learns. If she were to sit at the table to do all her homeschool, she would be utterly frustrated, so we do short seat-work lessons and then I allow her to choose what and where she wants to do her core and other lessons.
We took these photos (with a self-timer!) after Bible, maths and spelling. We sat in the warm sun flooding her bedroom carpet and did our reading and read alouds. We chatted about topics and themes, we discussed the characters and their fears and successes.
Informal, intimate and incredible! We realized, once again, that we are blessed to learn and live in such loving liberty.
What do you enjoy most about your homeschooling?