I have been thinking a lot lately about something that one of my university lectures always said, K.I.S.S = Keep It Simple Stupid (he meant that nicely I am sure). He would often write this on the board and his reason was that often the simple solution was the best solution. I think this really applies in our homeschooling journey. More often than not if I keep something simple the kids end up loving it and they will end up developing the idea themselves with their own imagination. But here is the problem, I often get caught up trying to create the perfect project / activity for them to do and end up making it more complicated that necessary.
Why do I always think I need to have a perfect art project carefully planned when the kids love just having some paper and paint to create whatever they want. And I am always trying to find interesting maths for Pink but really what she wants most of all is to be able to do the shopping with me, help me pay and handle the change (and now she also wants to write the shopping list – which is great for her spelling), she wants to bake with me and she wants the family to go to her pretend cafe and order food and pay at her till. I sometimes think we get too caught up worried that the kids have not done enough, not learnt enough, instead of just letting them be kids and play, they learn so much by playing.
So my new note on my fridge door is going to be K.I.S.S. although I think I will change the last S to something else as I do not like using the word Stupid around the house EVER. Sweetie or sunshine might be an option ?