This video by Sir Ken Robinson is inspiring.
Without Free Time Kids Do Not Learn to Value Their Time
Students in my class often asked whether they could have some free time?
Aside from the fact that it gives me time to do my own work, the benefits of my children undertaking self-directed play are enormous. As I home school my children, we spend nearly all day, every day together and whilst I love spending time with them, I would struggle if I had to keep them constantly occupied each day. It is in this regard that I am thankful that my two girls have the ability, imagination, inspiration and motivation to occupy themselves and play together.
As we come into winter their ability to undertake self-directed play will become more important. We live in an area where winters are long, wet and very cold. Outdoor play is often short-lived or not achievable at all for days on end. Indoor play is often our only choice to keep our kids active and thankfully electronic devices are not high on their entertainment list.
The subject my daughter least enjoys in our home schooling curriculum is math. Whilst she is quite competent for her age, math is the subject that holds her attention the least. As a way of ensuring that her home schooling days remain interesting, I’ve had to look at a variety of math activities to help with her math curriculum.
As a home schooling parent I prefer to find activities that utilise items that are available in our home. The following math activities are just some of the ones we enjoy playing.
One of the most common statements I hear as a home schooling mother is, “But isn’t your child missing out on the socialisation that they would get at school?” The first time this was mentioned to me I was a little lost for words. I guess I was a little surprised that the priority was with home schooling and socialisation and not more in relation to knowing what to teach or how to teach it? Many people seem to think that children who are home schooled miss out on the socialisation that traditional school education brings. This however is not always true.
Sadly many people, usually those who don’t understand home schooling, think that socialisation is having a child spend six hours a day with children of a similar age in a school environment. For many children however the result of this is anything but social. Many children fail to mix with children at their school and they find school a lonely and isolating experience. Other children become the subject of bullying and dread the thought of attending school each day.