Monday, April 12, 2010
I love our homeschool curriculum. It doesn't offer a lot of extra activities, like arts and crafts. But, that's okay with me. I'm a no-frills kind of girl. But, what it does suggest is that we practice certain, age-appropriate, practical life skills, like how to pour water from a pitcher or how to fill a bowl with cereal. This really works for us. Why? Because the best time for my five year old to practice pouring milk onto her Frosted Flakes is not right before we have to leave for church on Sunday morning. Murphy's Law says that's when she'll spill it... all over her dress... the only clean one she has at the moment. So, I wanted to suggest this to other moms. If your daughter needs to learn how to better brush her teeth, add it to your school day, even write it on your lesson plans so you don't forget. When she's tired of sitting doing book work, take her to the sink and give her a "lesson." If nights are as crazy at your house as they can be at mine, that also might not be the best time to give a thorough explanation of cavities and fluoride and all the other things that are bound to come up when a curious five year old is seeking ways to stall her bedtime and stay awake just a little longer. That's one of the best things about homeschooling. We don't have to separate learning from life.