Home educating = deep breaths

I have only been homeschooling for around 18 months but what I have come to realize is that when you home educate it is often more about your children teaching you then you teaching your children.

Today was a good example.  Blue managed to get his porridge all over the nice clean lounge mat and while we where trying to bake some crunchies both kids managed to get most the mixture on the kitchen floor.  DEEP BREATHS!!!  Just one of those days when you wonder why are you doing this and then in the middle of the mess one of your kids turns to you and smiles and says “wow mom look at the steam coming out of the kettle that is the water melting just like the butter melted on the stove”.

I love worksheets and workbooks but in reality most of the learning happens not sitting at the desk but doing things.  It can be baking and learning about fractions and how ingredients melt and bake in the oven or dominoes and learning that a double 6 is 12.  It is learning through experience that sticks the most and so in the spirit of that I am going to sit down and have a crunchie, drink my cup of tea and pretend that my house is clean.

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Home educating family based in the UK. We try to make learning fun
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3 Responses to Home educating = deep breaths

  1. insight into another moms day says:

    You are a lovely mom with interesting children….

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  2. NotSoSAHM says:

    “It is learning through experience that sticks the most”. VERY WELL SAID! I know this about myself yet it is so hard to break away from the public school education that I went through as I teach my girls. I need to print out your quote and post it somewhere where I can reference it often. Thanks!

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  3. Liesl Garner says:

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. At our house, the world of Knights and Duels and Jousting has been very exciting for a long time. I think the kids actually learn a lot by playing and pretending to be these great knights we are reading about in King Arthur. The more they play with a topic, the more it is hitting home, I think.

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