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Practice makes ....? - Live life with your kids - Issue 067
August 15, 2008
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This week:The highlight for me this week was Friday morning. We had the other older homeschool kids from town join us for a Speak Up lesson and our Creative Circle (Keepers). During the creative time, we listened to an audio book – Kings in Grass Castles. I love the atmosphere in our home when the kids are listening to something and busy with their hands, and to see a bigger group of kids do this was also a buzz. We stopped the audio about 3 times and discussed what we had heard. This did help the younger two keep up with it but it also made the older ones keep their brains engaged. We need to listen to things with a thinking mind – ask ourselves questions, ponder quotes, make connections. This is what our discussion helped them do. We all look forward to the next time we get together to listen to the rest of the story.
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Family Life is a Resource for Education Practice makes .... ?
Many of the things that happen in family life happen over and over and over again. The kids need to do their chores every day. They need to clean their teeth three times every day. They practice the piano, they practice ball skills, and they practice calligraphy strokes. Every time we call them to come, it is an opportunity to practice obedience.Because these things happen so often, we can easily overlook them as learning opportunities in our children’s lives. We tend to get frustrated that we need to remind them to practice, or that life seems so mundane just repeating these things. It isn’t so much a case of practice makes perfect – but rather practice makes it mine!
The Army drills and drills and drills its soldiers. The purpose of these drills is two fold
When our soldiers are in a confrontation their lives are at risk unless they can react automatically. The same goes for our policemen, and firefighters, rescuers and so forth.
We need to see these mundane things that happen in our family life an opportunity to train our children, yes, initially in submission but ultimately in automatic behaviour. Not automatic because their brains aren’t working but automatic because it has become a habit in their life.
Children, from as young as toddlers, need to see something before they understand it. They may need consequences to establish in their minds and hearts the importance of what we are teaching them and they need time (practicing time) before they start to make wiser choices for themselves. This is why we need to be consistent with practice. Practice doesn’t make perfect but rather practice makes it mine! We want our children to own their behaviour – be it practical, moral, or academic.
For example:Responsibilities – such as household chores
Yes, our children need to practice these, over and over and over, every day. The reason? To make them a habit. But more than that; as they practice they can start to own those skills for themselves. Once they know the skills, and they no longer need your supervision or reminder, they can start to apply these same skills in other areas of their life – in their own rooms, or in order to bless other families.
Moral Behaviour – such as speaking kind words
Academic drills– such as typing, math facts, foreign language etc
So next time you feel you are just going over and over stuff – remind yourself that it is the practice sessions that transfer the skill/habit from something that you desire to see in your child’s life to something that they can call their own.
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