My kids are your typical everyday kids. They get grumpy if you wake them up too early, they watch movies, play with their friends, learn new things, and even whine to try and get their way. They are six and seven.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing your kids to others, and even easier when it comes to homeschooling and what everyone else is doing. I’ve been victim to this. I let myself get pulled in after reading another blog where so and so was learning two languages that year and doing a unit on famous composers. I thought, “Wow, my kids need to get going and not get behind.” So I started researching what I would teach them. Then reality hit. My kids are six and seven, they don’t need to know who Bach is right now. They have their entire lives ahead of them.
So I stopped researching. We enjoy learning a ton of things around here, but you won’t catch me trying to cram information about Mozart to my six year old (unless she asks). We do listen to classical music in the car, though.
It’s fun to read blogs and see what others are up to, but don’t get too caught up in it. You can’t teach your child everything! You don’t know everything, no one knows everything. And even if you cover the Great Depression, who knows how much they will remember in a few years. Everyone has gaps in their education and knowledge, you have to decide what is important to you (and your state mandates) then go from there to decide what to teach your kids (and maybe ask them what they want to learn about).
So, if you ask my daughter or son who Bach is right now, they won’t have a clue. Give them a few years and ask again. However, Turner can talk your ear off about BMX, car makes and engines, Minecraft and Legos. Lilly can go on about ballet terms and knows more facts about animals than I probably do!
What about your kids? What are they really interested in right now?
– Turly HomeSchool