A day like today makes me feel so thankful we made the decision to homeschool. Everything the kids and I did today reminded me that learning is special, magical, and fun.
Many times I’ve been guilty of bringing the classroom to our home, thinking that I have to conform to what’s the “norm”. I’ve called Kristo out when he doesn’t sit up straight when I’m discussing a lesson. I’ve refused to let him eat while answering a worksheet. I’ve been constantly reminding him to be quiet when he’s doing his math and writing drills and the list goes on. Bottomline is, I’ve found myself on several occasions mimicking the traditional classroom set-up in our home.
Yes I know it’s all about discipline and there are probably a bunch of reasons why we grew up with all those rules in traditional school. Thing is, does it really help him learn and do his work well or does it frustrate and slow him down?
Every child learns differently. Kristo is a mix of a kinesthetic learner and a visual spatial learner. If you’re familiar with both types of learners, you’ll know that to understand a lesson better, they’d have to move around, they like fiddling with stuff while listening or they like doodling while learning and more. They also need lots of breaks, pictures, colors, graphs and manipulatives. Since he’s this kind of learner, I can’t expect him to sit up straight and not fidget for long periods of times. I constantly have to remind myself that the goal is to have him learn as much as he can and enjoy the process too. The worst thing I can do is have him associate learning with torture.
Usually, Kristo isn’t too keen on reading tests and word problems. However today, when I allowed him to do these two drills while lying on his belly on top of the slide — he was done in less than half an hour which is his record time so far! =)
I also had him go around the park to take photos of different plants. When we got home and transferred the photos he took, I was genuinely impressed. Take a look at these UNEDITED shots —
Today I discovered something new about Kristo. He has an eye for photography, don’t you think? =)
I have to be honest, none of the activities I’ve told you about were in my master plan for the morning. I also had a good ten to fifteen minutes of frustration when I couldn’t sit down with Kristo and discuss a lesson I had prepared because his little super active sister just wouldn’t stay still! My good friend and ever-reliable neighbor Beth (who is an awesome homeschool mom of two!) reminded me today that Audrey was studying too! Ayayay! I totally forgot that I was already teaching two kids! As soon as she said that, it’s like a flood of new ideas and revelations came to me!
As soon as I let Audrey explore and learn, she was able to go up and down a flight of stairs for the very first time without my help! Kristo got so excited about this milestone too! It was such a beautiful moment!. Nerve-wracking, but awesome!
I am thankful we homeschool because everyday I get to discover so many new things about my kids. God constantly reminds me that each child is different, each child learns differently and at their own pace. Each child is special and my role as their mother and teacher is not to put them in a box.
My job is to see how unique they are. I need to support and encourage their interests. I’m here to help them be the person God created them to be. I need to make learning as fun as can be for them. They are kids and I want them to enjoy these magical years through learning AND play. My husband and I need to make sure the kids know that we live in such an amazing world and God wants us to discover His creations. We have to remind them that learning should never stop for any one of us. =)