So now that our dear friends have shifted back over to homeschooling, we have more opportunities to play and learn together. Homeschooling for me, IS parenting. It is extremely challenging, and also very rewarding. There is sometimes instant feedback (wow, he’s learning! or wow this is NOT working) and other times we are left wondering, and trusting. Every moment is an opportunity for learning. As a parent to two rambunctious boys, I teach my boys by relating to them.
For example, I am much more likely to get my point across to my boys if I use the word poop or fart in my sentences. Or if I alter the lesson to be secret agent or ninja themed. Or if I stand on a surfboard or a skateboard while talking. People say kids don’t like math. I don’t think that’s true. I think people who don’t like math say those things. I know because I was one of them. I have learned to enjoy math now that I am responsible for teaching it to my boys. Kids LOVE math if it is centered around calculating how much you need of this or that to make chocolate chip cookies. Take anything a kid enjoys, and you can work a fun lesson into it. If you know when to push and when to back off, they won’t even notice that they are learning something important.
The other day, our friends met us at the beach for some sunset fun. It was pretty awesome. The next day we met for a picnic at the park, with the letter H as our theme for the day. We Had Ham sandwiches, some avocado Hummus, Honeydew melon. We were Happy & Hungry. We went on a mini Hike, played Hot potato and had to Hula or Hop if caught.
Here are the Highlights through photos: