As I’m looking forward to starting school here at home next week (aaaakkk! And Woohoooo! all at the same time!) my thoughts are turning to getting things alllll organized and prepared for a great year. While it’s an incredibly busy season we’re in *outside* of school, I know the Lord has good plans for us, and I intend to make the most of it all!
Today in America it is estimated there are one and a half to two million students being educated entirely at home. While this educational choice is still unconventional—comprising only about 3% of the total student population—it’s no longer marginalized. Curriculum choices abound. New conferences, retreats, blogs, even television stations devoted to the topic pop up on a regular basis.
Of course the truth is, all of our children are educated at home—regardless of the amount of time they spend consciously focusing on learning. By the time your child is technically “school age,” you’ve already taught him several subjects. He speaks English fluently, using fairly decent grammar, though he has no idea what a preposition is. She is able to walk, run, use the bathroom, and possibly tie her shoes. He can count (how many plates do we need for the table?) and divide (just ask him to share a plate of cookies with his sister). She probably knows her colors and some letters, shapes, how to throw a ball, and maybe even clap in rhythm.
You’re already a teacher. You just may not know it yet!
This is a great time of year for all of us to consider our homes as learning environments. What can we do to ensure that the time they do spend there is conducive to expanding their minds and souls? Here are a few ideas on how to cultivate your home as a learning environment.
Read those ideas over at MomHeart Online, where I’m sharing about Your Home as a Learning Environment today!