This is something I have been thinking a lot about lately. It seems like such an important aspect to any child’s development, whether they are homeschooled or not. But, since I am planning on homeschooling, I have become totally preoccupied with it. I don’t want to screw up my kids! I’m sure that is what every parent is concerned about though, I can’t be alone 🙂
I recently listened to a great podcast between Tsh from Simple Mom, and Jamie from Simple Homeschool. One of the parts that resonated with me the most was when Jamie said that she didn’t think it was necessary to make kids do math everyday. I hadn’t really thought about it before. I grew up loving math, and ended up in advanced math classes. I worked with math drills a lot. That is how my mom learned, and that is what I knew. It was all very enjoyable until calculus…and then I kind of lost interest!
She went on to say that she thinks that you need to demonstrate how you use different subjects to your children. If your kids see you using math in everyday life, then they will realize the need for it, and they will want to learn it. The same with reading. If you are showing your children that you read (not just to them), it will demonstrate your desire for self-education, and a love for reading.
I have had a couple of conversations with my mother since I listened to this podcast. We were talking about my choice in math curriculum for Emma, and how it wasn’t so much about drills as it was about learning critical thinking. Eventually I came to the understanding that my mom loved math growing up, just like I did. She wanted to be a math teacher when she was younger. This made me wonder how much her love of math was passed on to me, and also my brother who excelled at math.
It made me re-evaluate what I do in my day, and what I should be showing my children. I think that a child’s natural curiosity is extremely helpful. And I hope that I don’t cause my kids to dislike a certain subject because I am not interested in it.
Do you find that your kids mimic your own interests? Is their a subject that you don’t enjoy that you notice your child doesn’t like either? Or is the opposite the case, where you don’t like a subject and your child loves it?
This week I am linking up at the Hip Homeschool Hop!