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Example is the only way to teach - Live life with your kids - Issue 068
August 22, 2008
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This week:Reading has a calming affect on our household. I often remember a technique I read that was used in a classroom -
Read We’ve used this technique during “off” days, during long car trips, while visiting folk, and even just for the fun of it! Give it a try!
A few months ago when we were studying the trait of Patience we discussed using our spare time wisely. I divided spare time into two different categories –
Reading books is our number one activity in our house when we are waiting. Before we established reading as our “waiting” activity I would come back ready to help someone and they were off in another room or even outside. They thought they were being patient, using their time wisely but in reality their choice was a distraction. Reading can absorb their attention but at least their bodies are where you want them to be!
Live life with your kids!
A Homeschool Thought Example is the only way to Teach
Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
As parents we are keenly aware that our children mimic us. We are aware that since our desire is to disciple our children we need to be a role model and as such we consider our spiritual walk, our character and our actions. Discipleship though is about our whole life so we must also consider the aspect of learning and be an example to our children in that area of our life too.
Love of Learning
What is your attitude towards learning? To be real in our children’s eyes we need to be more than enthusiastic for their lessons, we need to be enthusiastic for the things that we are learning for ourselves. We need to show our children that learning truly is a life long pursuit. This message will only make sense if they see you learning, and learning with joy!
A few years ago I started to think about what I read. I read books to approve for my children. I read picture books to my children. I read books about homeschooling, books about being a parent, books about being a Christian. It had been a very very long time since I had read a living book for my own pleasure. I decided to set myself a goal of 6 living books a year without them being attached to my homeschool goals. I have read some great titles (and learnt lots) over the last few years with achieving this goal easily every year. Time is short though – I still want to read those other types of books as well – so I am not reading heavy books, but I am reading good quality books, books I am proud to discuss with my children as I am sparked with ideas and knowledge.
Though for young children the purpose for copywork (writing, word for word, a sentence/paragraph from a selected piece of published writing) is more about handwriting, sentence structure, spelling and grammar for the older student copywork commits ideas, quotes and information into their memory.
As an adult I do copywork regularly. Often during my Quiet Time I want to remember a Scripture, or a devotional thought that I have read. I copy these words into my Devotional Journal. Over the months I often reflect back on these words and am encouraged once again by the wisdom those words represent. There have been times where we have been in a discussion with my children and I can refer back to my journal. This makes copywork a living and real example of learning to my children.
I also use “copywork” when reading a book other than the Bible. I jot quotes, one liners and sometimes whole paragraphs into my Reading Journal. The children see me doing this and are encouraged that Reading Journals are a life long learning tool rather than a horrible school assignment their mother has cooked up!
This is my favourite!! Narration is all about talking to others about the things you learn. My children hear me on the phone talking away to my friends, sharing the new ideas and thoughts that I have been reading. I talk these things to our children as well. Our favourite place for these discussions is over the dinner table. As the children listen to either Peter and I discussing the things that we have read and/or learnt they are gaining an understanding of those very same topics. The children talk about their learning too. Since we all read and are interested in different things as we talk together about what we learn the others in the family glean from our learning experience. As we talk, narrate, and even teach over the dinner table the lessons become firmer established in our own mind.
Notetaking and Summarising
As the children grow older we expect them to take notes and summarise the things that they learn. This is a key study tool and if we are active learners ourselves, reading living books and discussing new ideas this study tool needs to be a part of our learning experiences as well.
Once again the real life model in my life is my Devotional Journal and my Reading Journal. As I read and are struck with a thought I will either copy it, as it stands, or summarise it in my own words in one of my journals. When I take the time to do this I start to internalize the idea, ask questions, and find answers. The purpose of learning is to increase in wisdom. When we interact with thoughts and ideas this way we give ourselves time to ponder and reflect.
For wisdom will enter your heart
and knowledge will be
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