One of the things I love about homeschooling is why my kids learn. A lot of the time, it’s out of necessity or need.
Some of the greatest advice I ever received was from my mother-in-law who worked in the public school system for 30 years. I value her wisdom and insight immensely.
When my children were young and I was struggling with curriculum choices, she shared with me…
“Cyndi, they don’t have to know everything. However, they need to know where to go and find the information and they need to love learning.”
My mother-in-law is a great educator and has been a fantastic role model of how to instill that love for learning.
Mae Mae came to Dave one day with a problem. (she knew where to find the information!)
She had been saving her money but needed to learn how to use a ledger so she could keep track of her categories.
From a young age, our children are taught how to budget their money – a skill that I didn’t learn till I was an adult.
We ask our children to categorize their money this way: 10% to church or a ministry, 10% for college, 10% for savings, and 70% for spending. Savings could include anything from funds for a car to a horse. Often, they move the percentages around between savings and spending, depending on what they’re saving for and how fast they want to get there!
Mae Mae had a “need to know” and during the time she spent with Dave, she was extremely attentive, asking all the right questions.
She was unaware that this was “school”, nor did it matter to her that “school” was happening after dinner.
She wanted to learn and she knew the source who could offer her answers.
Dave and Mae Mae spent time discussing how a ledger worked, what it looked like to put all the numbers in the right columns, and how to calculate each of those columns to achieve the information she needed.
This is real life learning – she won’t forget this lesson because she’s using it.
This is useful education that’s pertinent to her everyday life.
This is the typical type of learning that happens with my homeschooled kids on a daily basis.
As their teacher, I don’t have to have all the answers.
I just need to know where to send them to find the answers they’re looking for and to help make the journey of searching a little bit fun!