As parents we are homeschooling our children from the day they are born. We start out teaching our infants by talking to them, touching them, and playing with them. We continue to teach our children with these methods and also by setting an example and giving them the freedom to explore the world around them.
Adults tend to think of education in terms of lesson plans and sitting in a classroom, but our homes have been our children’s classroom from day one. The ways in which we live our lives are our children’s first lessons. If parents set the proper examples, by the time children get to be “school-aged” they know the basics of running a household, socialization, and financial management. This is when most people take their children away from their natural learning environment and put them in a classroom.
Let your lifestyle of teaching and learning (this actually goes both ways between parent and child) continue. Of course your children need to learn math, English, science, and the rest of the regular school curriculum, but the natural home and family environment is possibly the best place to do so. You were your child’s first teacher and you will remain the teacher and the greatest influence on that young mind.
The key is to integrate the lessons of an institutionalized classroom into your daily routine as you have always done for your child. Teach counting and addition/subtraction with day-to-day objects. Teach about fractions while baking some cookies. Teach math skills with price-comparison shopping. Continue to read to your child and have him create his own stories and poetry. Use family vacations as a way to teach geography and history. There are any number of ways to keep the education of your child integrated with your family’s lifestyle. Trust the instinct you have to teach your children. It is there for a reason and it will steer you in the right direction.
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Source: Alpha Omega Publications