A couple days back, I posted how now and again, I'm overcome with the Homeschool Guilt. The feeling of not doing enough, of not seeing results, of wondering if we're doing all right.
Now obviously for me, that stems from being schooled myself, where nearly all you do is 'show you' work. Tangible stuff. Paper stuff. Physically measurable things... We grow up with the idea that it's only there if it's measurable. As unschoolers, most of the learning our kids do isn't visible or tangible. But then one day you overhear them talking about Egyptian burial rites and know they did pick up something along the way...
But I'm diverting. I wanted to write this post to hand you a couple of tools to overcome that homeschool guilt and get back on the happy homeschool trail. Because it's no good to be stuck with guilt, even if it's all just in your head and without ground.
- Spend more time doing 'educational' things with your kids. It can be just about anything they're interested in, or it can be worksheet, if that tickles their fancy. If you're feeling guilt about not being 'hands on' enough, chances are, you aren't so, make up for lost time and play with them, work with them, craft with them, until they ask you, to leave them alone!
- Listen to your kids and find out what they've been learning when you were stressing about it.
- Refresh their environment. Use this momentum to take out some old toys, fix broken ones, put those away that aren't age appropriate anymore or aren't being played with. Set up their creative materials in a way that inspires them to use them. Read more about creating rich environments in my post 'The Art of Strewing'.
- Go somewhere together. It can be as easy as a stroll through the park or a visit to a grocery store, learning happens everywhere. Or you could take them to a museum or an exhibition, whatever both you and your kids are interested in and feel good about. Remember, learning happens everywhere.
- Bring in an interesting person to do enrich your kid's skills. Feel insecure about their math skills, ask around with your friends if one of them is math savvy and wants to do some math play with your kids. Your child loves physics, but you forgot everything you learned in high school? Maybe there's a retired physics professor in your neighbourhood who'd love to do some fun experiments with your child.
- Go on Pinterest and do the first three activities you see that your child would be interested in. You can find plenty on my Kid Craft and Activity board.
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