I have really enjoyed getting to know a young mother in my bible study. She has three children and homeschools them, which fascinates me. I ask her a lot of questions because I love that, in theory, homeschooling allows you to personalize the material and procedure to each child... hopefully fostering a love of learning.
She is a wealth of knowledge and has loaned me some great books
|Educating the Wholehearted Child|
2. Writing Mother's Day letters to each child, each year. I thought this was a sweet idea but I kind of put it on the backburner until watching Rabbit Hole. Oh my! So sad! But I really enjoyed it. I found it so interesting to see how the mother and father dealt with the loss of their son. (And it has a good ending) I used to think movies/books like this were depressing but instead I am inspired that people can survive the most terrible tragedies. Needless to say, after watching that movie one night by myself, I stayed up even later with puffy eyes writing the darn Mother's Day letters!
3. Setting up the playroom to encourage learning and play.
- globe, GeoSafari
- library of books and comfy sofa
- Legos, labs, puzzles, educational games
- writing, drawing, boxes for storage of drawings
- fine arts corner- art books, easels
- music, video, CD player
- arts and crafts (messes allowed)
- dress up trunk/box
- and even a carpentry corner in the garage!
We have a nice-sized playroom but I'm not sure we have space or need for each one of these suggestions, but I appreciate the concept and I hope to do some organizing this summer!
4. Buy art-quality colored pencils!
5. Encourage lots of reading over the summer! Make a poster-board into a large "game board" with like 50-100 segments and as the children read books, they move to the end with a big reward of their choosing- one of their kids chose to stay in a hotel one night and order room service.