By Terrie Runolfson
I am a believer of home education, no matter
whether you educate at home full time or supplement the school; we
should be reminded that we are all educators in the world and we are all
students of the world. Children/people love to learn and we all
continue to do so through out our lives- learning never stops. Most of
us learn things one way…that is by doing it, on the job training
Parents should never assume that children are
getting all the education they need at school. This is far from the
truth. They may be learning lots of things about socialism and how to
follow directions, but they are not in an environment where they can ask
questions or be curious about something or try failed projects over and
over again. Failure is final at school, but at home you can keep trying
until you succeed. The scary part of children at school is that us
parents never are quite sure what our children have failed at until the
end of the semester and at that point time has ran out and off we move
to the next semester.
Learning is a life time process and setting goals
is very much a part of that learning process. Set goals and make a plan
for your learning process and provide a productive purpose. Especially
for children, learning with a purpose makes learning more meaningful.
Children are so willing and ready to absorb and soak up all that
interest them, and they will do this from morning until they drop into
bed at night. They are able to gain knowledge on a variety of subjects
and kids pick up on things much faster than us mature adults. Take
advantage of this and give them all you can. Children will soon start
feeling the success of their education and start taking the
responsibility upon themselves to learn.
To help your children learn in a fun way, start by
identifying your child’s interests; provide him/her with experiences
relating to those interests and conduct one-on-one teaching moments.
Exposing children to different experiences will also widen the child’s
area’s of interest. Introduce your child to many things about the
earth, science, talents, technology, religion, cultures, and different
job careers etc. As the child matures it will be easier for them to hone
in on a career path when the time comes.
Seek learning out in the world. If the child is
small go out on nature walks, make a nature scrapbook or keep a nature
journal. Let them play and discover their world. Take samples of
leaves, pinecones, rocks and fossils back home and investigate them
further. Older children enjoy going to state and county fairs, visiting
local museums, organizing a science project, other things you can do is
visit vocational sites, fire station or police station, participate in
4H or girl/boy scouts. Whatever it is, get out and do it, see it, and
be part of it. This is what we call ‘on the job training’.