You know I’ve written a few posts on the wonders and delights of home school here on the POI blog. While it’s not an easy path, it can be rewarding. One of the most rewarding things is being able to think outside the box and focus on untraditional subjects. I laugh when people ask about my kids and testing. I am not training my kids to pass tests! I am training my kids to be able to live and thrive. I was a great test taker and still ended up with $30K in debt without a real idea of how to make money or make it in life. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to teach my children academic and life skills that will be useful for years to come.
My girls are both enrolled in an awesome investing class from a neat organization called Girls on the Money. The founder is Mabel Nunez and she helps women get the information and confidence they need to begin investing in individual stocks. We created virtual portfolios online and are testing what we learn in the class. It’s a powerful lesson to show a 7 year old how to flip $1,000 into $5,000 via investing. If I had this knowledge at a young age, I wonder where I would be now!
The cognitive benefits of learning another language are endless. I majored in Economics and Spanish in college and have always attempted to make learning language apart of our studies. From a young age my children have been exposed to both Spanish and French. We recently took a trip to the Dominican Republic to solidify what my girls had been studying. They were both amazed at how much they retained over the years and were happy to practice the Spanish they knew with no fear. It was an amazing experience for us all.
Both my children have active careers in entertainment. Not only is the money they earn used to save for college, but it’s also “seed” money to fund various entrepreneurial endeavors. From craft-making to YouTube videos, my children are learning what it means to get a return on time and money invested in their businesses. I have no memory of learning this in school. Ever.
We are Christian and believe in the virtue of Biblical principles like love, truth, peace, kindness, etc. There are restrictions in public school that disallow religious teaching. I want my children to be governed from the inside out and not vice versa. Bible teaching helps with this. So, I am thankful to have the freedom to add this to their studies. I won’t always be with them, but if they have a moral compass that keeps them grounded, I believe they will be much better off.
Children who study music experience benefits academically, creatively and in many other areas of life. I started studying music as a child and am thankful until this day. My girls have experience with singing, piano, guitar, bass guitar and ukulele. My youngest plays around in Garage Band making her own tracks! I am hoping that they will find relaxation, entertainment and enjoyment in music in the coming years for their selves and families. It’s such a useful skill that I can’t imagine how we would do home school without it. If you also want to try to integrate music into your child’s interest, you can download mp3 online so they can conveniently listen to it.
Having created several website for myself and clients, my kids have observed me use tools like PicMonkey and Canva to create artwork. They, too, see the value in being able to create graphics for their social “branding” and have followed suit becoming adept at creating Pinterest images, memes and drawings.
As mentioned, both my daughters are starting their career as online media moguls and can edit videos like pros. In fact, I often enlist the help of my oldest daughter to edit videos for my YouTube channel!
This is probably more caught than taught, but we have had explicit conversations about what it means to run a house- that means creating budgets, meal planning and making it pretty.
Art & Crafts
My 10 year old took my recent set of head shots. They came out great! (it’s on the front page of the blog.) She is honing her skills in photography, but has also taken up crafts like sewing and rainbow loom. We had a few big projects lately that included making over furniture and creating a nativity sign for our living room to replace our Christmas tree. My kids were right along side me painting and helping out. There were some days that these project replaced regular subjects. I think that’s ok and, of course, so did they! But this is the beauty of home school- flexibility.
Rather than make this a by-the-way or after thought, we’ve chosen to have regular discourse around what it means to go to college, save money and be ready. In fact, we’ve already begun applying for scholarships! College preparation means readiness on a financial, academic and extra-curricular level. We are starting young so that there are not surprises or disappointments when it is time for our children to select a path for higher education.
Check out the online program we use from Liberty Online Academy: