Your decision to homeschool shows that you value education. Regardless of the surface reasons you may have for homeschooling (bullies, time with family, getting away from hours of homework, etc.), the fact remains that if education wasn’t important to you, you would have found a different solution. Private school, changing public schools, tutors, whatever – but homeschooling is the option of parents who value education, and want their children to have the best.
But even though homeschooling indicates how much you value education and want your children to have a great one, what else do you do to show your children how important it is? If you’re like a lot of homeschooling parents I know, you tell your kids you want them to learn how to learn, and that learning is a lifelong process, but what do you do to show them that? Remember that actions speak louder than words.
It’s important that you not leave your children to learn alone.
What have you learned lately? For me, I’ve been learning more about blogging and expanding my marketing skills to try to improve my book sales. This has meant that I’ve spent time on a lot of websites that cover this kind of information, and I’ve checked out a very large stack of books from the library on these two topics. When I’m not actively teaching the kids, or writing, I’ve been immersed in the books and the websites, trying to learn all I can.
This has, of course, bolstered my skills and broadened my knowledge. But it’s had another purpose, and that’s to show the kids that I mean it when I say learning doesn’t end.
You don’t have to go back to school to do this – unless you want to, of course. Nor do you need to seek out learning opportunities relating to work or homeschooling specifically – again, unless you want to.
But you should be learning alongside your child. If that means learning algebra because you never learned it and now you have to teach it to your kid, then learn algebra. If you want to learn how a DSLR camera works because you want to take better pictures of the kids at the beach, then learn that. Whatever your hobbies or interests, there’s surely something more you can learn about them. Go deeper into your knitting hobby by learning the history of knitting, how they make yarn, or how to create a pattern.
Expand on some little thing from a book you read or a movie you saw. Maybe a character used a word that you’re not familiar with – look up its origins. Maybe there was a career you know nothing about – learn more about it.
The point is not to sit and learn basic subjects like your kids are (again, unless you want to do that), but to show them that learning is a constant thing. Teach them that even when they’re done with “official” school, they can and should still learn. Show them that it’s fun. Show them it’s worthwhile. Even if all you learn is that the thing you chose to learn this time ended up being a bit of a waste of time, it’s still something that you learned.
As I mentioned toward the beginning of this post, I’ve been learning about blogging and marketing. Up next on my list is learning more about healthy cooking and eating.
What are you currently learning? What’s next on your list? If you’ve realized you haven’t been learning anything, what do you want to learn?