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.
For some children learning maths comes very easy. For others maths can be a little harder to understand. When this happens, perhaps you need to look at alternative ways of getting the message across.
My daughter is homeschooled and we are currently doing comparisons in our maths curriculum. Comparing one group against another & calculating the difference in value between the two groups. In general she has a very good understanding of maths and has coped quite well with everything in our curriculum. However in completing this latest section, she has seemed to struggle just a little. Perhaps it is the fact that Christmas is just around the corner & she’s more interested in what Santa might bring, but whatever the reason, I found that her concentration levels were dropping as soon as we started maths each day.
I was introduced to knitting as a child, although I must admit it was not something I really took to. I tended to enjoy completing an embroidery piece a lot more than sitting down to knit something. This lack of interest in knitting has therefore caused me to be a little ignorant in the various methods that knitting can encompass.
Therefore, it might seem strange, but until a couple of years ago I’d never heard of finger knitting. Perhaps I did do it at primary school, but with the passing of quite a few years, I certainly do not remember. It was not until a friends grandchild came to visit that she introduced the wonders of this craft to me. Since then I’ve been waiting for my children to be old enough so that I could introduce finger knitting to them.
The pros and cons of home schooling must be considered of course. If you are considering homeschooling your child, first watch this video where Sir Ken Robinson explains how a new approach to education is necessary. He is a humorous and thoughtful speaker and you will understand Multiple Intelligences and how you can incorporate them in your home schooling.
Sir Kenneth Robinson is an English author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non profits, education and arts bodies.
Home-schooling your child can be rewarding and successful for you and your child.
The whole structure of education is shifting beneath our feet.
Intelligence is interactive.
If you’re not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with something creative.