Or is it who is teaching who? Whoever? Honestly, I am not a grammar person. I like math, I enjoyed differential equations and I love to blow stuff up in the name of science, but grammar – It’s not my thing, and that is probably a run on sentence. Should you be worried, the kids are learning their grammar and other English stuff from a book. Anyway, whatever it is who or whom, the thing is, I’m the mom, that means I’m the teacher. Right?
Have you ever noticed how much you learn from your kids? how much your learn from other moms? how much you learn from other people in general?
A few years ago the theme for the HEAV convention was “A Lifestyle of Learning”. I really liked that theme and adopted it for our homeschool. Meaning that whatever we are doing, we are learning something, granted it’s not always the right thing, but we are still learning. So this week I’m going to chat about things that I have learned along this homeschooling journey.
Today we will start with a simple and what should be an obvious lesson, but one that took me quite a while to figure out.
|Every child is different|
|This may seem obvious, but what it also means is that just because one child learns something one way, doesn’t mean that the other children will learn it the same way. This also means that even though SixHands basically taught himself to read, it’s ok that Princess needed some (read – a lot) of extra help.|
This may seem obvious, but what it also means is that just because one child learns something one way, doesn’t mean that the other children will learn it the same way. This also means that even though SixHands basically taught himself to read, it’s ok that Princess needed some (read – a lot) of extra help.
For quite a while I was frustrated because I wasn’t sure what to do or how to do it. The thing I finally figured out is that it is OK! Kids will be different and while Princess may have taken a bit more time to learn how to read there were plenty of things that she could do and there were other ways that I could use to teach her. For the longest time I didn’t think we could move on because she wasn’t at her “grade” reading level. I would get her books that she could read, but she found them boring. Enter the awesomeness of audio books! Now Princess listens to books that she finds interesting, but that are a bit beyond her at the moment. The thing is, I had to figure out what to do differently, because — and here is the great reveal — kids are different!
What have your kids taught you?
Later this week, I will tell you about something that I learned from a friend. It’s pretty cool and it involves an apple. However, before I do that I have something to teach you.
Did you know that you can go to the HEAV convention for free? That’s right, you can go for free! I know what you are thinking, How? How can this be true? The HEAV convention is an awesome three day filled experience where I can buy curriculum, attend workshops, recharge myself and my desire to homeschool and even stop by the totally cool Silent Auction and bid on fun things! How in the world could I attend for free?
Enter the HEAV bloggers! Did you know that there are a group of bloggers who write about the HEAV convention beginning in January and continuing through June/July? Guess what – I’m one of them! Because of this, HEAV has given each of us a free convention to give away! I know – it’s awesome! Check out the details below, enter to win and then keep an eye on the HEAV facebook page so see when the other bloggers are giving away more chances!!