As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I recently read a really motivating and inspiring book called ‘Better Than Good – Creating a Life You Can’t Wait to Live’ by Zig Ziglar. He says, ‘Many people today don’t realize this, but there was a time when lawyers, doctors, and other professionals (not to mention tradespeople) learned their skills by studying with a mentor… The loss of education by apprenticeship is one of the sad results of our modern, classroom-based educational system.’ Home education gives plenty of opportunity for finding mentors, to nurture a passion and possibly turn it into a lifelong skill. This is really exciting. It could be for an academic subject like Maths or a more hands-on skill like building with blocks, levers and pulleys or something. I’d be happy if my son, aged 7, found a ‘Lego’ guru 😉
What I realized today is that, despite it being a weekend, the way I’ve always been with my kids affords many educational opportunities. I’ve always been mentoring them and this never stops, weekends or holidays. It’s just a fun part of our life. I gave our 3 year old a lesson on cooking pasta today, just because she asked for it. But I really focused. I consciously saw it as an educational opportunity to talk about how the heat makes the water boils, that the hot water makes the spaghetti soft etc… As Sherri Linsenbach says in her ‘Everything Homeschooling Handbook’, which I’m reading at the moment, “Homeschooled children tend to experience more quality educational hours than do their conventional-school counterparts. This is mainly due to the fact that homeschool parents regularly capitalize on the educational opportunities that arise, seeing them for the knowledge or experience they can convey, rather than considering them a normal part of daily life.”, “By making the most of everyday events, we help our children to understand and learn from these opportunities”. Absolutely. And if your kids are at school, as one of mine was, why not see if you can do this too? I’ve always really enjoyed it and still think it’s something that not so much marks me out as an obvious home educator but simply as a loving, committed parent which you are too.
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