I want to be A kid again. No pressure To do everything Right Just wake up Winging it. No worries of Losing weight, Just eating, Enjoying What life has To offer. No judgements, Only curious About the color Of leaves In the fall, Playing with dolls, And basketball. No political correctness Just, free To be In a world that forbids Individuality Without calling It a crime. Willingness to learn Without information Overload Spoiling the fun. I want to run, And chase Squirrels In a dress And sneakers. Trip over Loose shoe strings And cry Not because of pain Not because the scrape Is ugly And everyone will see And make fun of me But because someone Will be there to help Pick up the pieces I left on the ground After realizing I have many more times In life to get it right.
I knew the reason ‘why’ I wanted to homeschool my child: I wanted to be in control of what was being instilled in his mind the for the most important stages in his life. I did not want him to have the social pressure at such a young age; and, we with the negative media images in the news about the neglect in daycares, I did not to risk endangering my child.
When first deciding how to teach my son, it was important to structure it similar to what children were studying in school, as well as make it more hands-on to encourage a combination of education and entertainment. We did reading, writing, arithmetic, as well as chemistry experiments, science, human anatomy & health, financial empowerment, physical activity, Spanish language, meditation, Black history, culinary arts, and even went on field trips. Each day, there was a new agenda. We didn’t do everything in one day because I did not want him to feel bombarded and discouraged.
We wrote sight words all around the place so he could learn to start recognizing words. We used flashcards to count to 100. We even took trips to the library and museums to expand his imagination. What I’ve is the importance of being creative which motivates your child’s learning abilities. No one wants to do the same monotonous routines everyday. It is presumably one of reason many schools ail at grasping students attention long enough to pick-up a subject.
Learning should be fun, not looked upon as a chore. Encouraging the use of the imagination and applying knowledge is not something to be taken lightly. Afterall, these beginning stages will determine the rate and willingness your child will have once he transitions into public or private school, if that is plan. What homeschooling does is allow your child to be more open minded and free-flowing. The one-on-one interaction is not only effective, but it allows your child to bond with you as his creator and teacher.
Homeschooling allows the world to be your child’s classroom; so, let him explore and discover. You never know who you’re raising.
I always say: My son is the bestfriend to the little girl that lives in me. I can be a goofy person sometimes but, to him, I’m a comedian. While in the womb, I found different ways for us to connect. I would listen to relaxing music such as jazz or Chinese instrumentals, and could feel him gracefully swimming in my belly. I would have conversations with him as if he was in my arms. My son and I have done many fun things together which made our bond even stronger. We’ve done activities such as:
Sing and Dance (our favorite)
Play with toys
Outdoor/indoor movie night
Food/ice cream Dates
Sports of all types
Research questions about their animals
Building a forte from sofa pillows
Attend a local fair
Chase squirrels and birds
Color/painting in coloring books
Visit an aquarium
feed the birds outside
Take a road trip to the next state!
This is more of a general list of things to do with your kid, and they are also things you can do with your mate! There is only a slight difference between hanging out with your mate versus your kid(s). Your child may not be willing to walk around the neighborhood in the hot sun, but there is always something fun to do. All of these can be exciting for you and your child as long as it is not looked upon as an extra chore. We all require time to connect and strengthen our bonds no matter the age or gender. Recreation builds imagination and releases stress that is built up on a daily basis at home, work, and school. No matter how busy our lives may be, we have to remember to be a kid with our kids sometimes. When they become adults, they will look back on the quality time spent together and will want to continue on with that friendship and connection. What better way to experience life and adventure other than with the people they love. Eventually, they will pass down their adventurous nature to their own children someday which will, ultimately, create a chain reaction of free spirited human beings.
What are some things you enjoy doing with your child?