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Academicially speaking my ultimate goal is to have independent learners, students who want to learn and who can learn by themselves. This is a good thing. Sometimes I think that I’m not teaching my independent learners anything but then I step back and look at our whole day, not just the morning of study. I talk to my kids lots – lots! They are quite able to gather information by themselves, to learn the facts but it is in the talking that I am moulding their character, their thinking, their worldview.
We talk about their reading and we talk after I edit their writing pieces, we talk after watching tv or listening to the news, we talk about their blogging world, we talk after we’ve been to town; we talk lots!
I have noticed with my son, 15yo, that he often comes to me to talk about something significant (world politics or moral ethics) after bedtime. I believe it is something that goes on in the teenagers brain!! They like to talk at night time. Often I answer the immediate things but have to make a time the next day to continue the conversation cause I am just plain too tired!
I have had to teach myself to talk to my kids. It has been an intentional decision to talk to them. I have no problems talking to adults but kids – I don’t know that I connect so well with kids. So to connect with my own kids I realised I had to learn to talk to them. This transition happened when they were very very young and I have seen our talking becoming a family identity thing – it is what we do – we talk!
I totally agree – I love how talking builds relationships rather than having the potential to destroy them the way that traditional workbooks can do. My children would much rather talk about what they are learning than merely answer comprehension type questions out of a work book. After three years of homeschooling, I think I am finally getting it. Talking is what we do best too!