On Fridays, we like to link up to Lisa-Jo and all the writers over at www.thegypsymama.com for a 5-minute blog. That means Lisa-Jo picks a prompt word, and I write for 5 minutes on that word without overthinking or editing myself…..just write!
This week’s prompt word: AWAKE.
When my youngest was about five years old, I sent his big sister upstairs to wake up one morning. He sat up, opened his eyes, but was clearly struggling to get all the way conscious. His sister said, “Tigger, are you awake? Are you okay?”
He took a deep breath and said, “My brain is here, but my think doesn’t work.”
Needless to say, that expression has been an oft-repeated favorite in our family ever since!
When our homeschoolers are little, they are ready for so much learning. They are AWAKE to the idea of new concepts, new skills, new experiences. But that’s not really enough.
If we fill their brains with stuff during the elementary years, we will give them a brain…but that doesn’t automatically mean their THINK will work!
The younger years of homeschooling give us the amazing opportunity to encourage their THINK as well as their brain. We can teach them new things, but we should also encourage them as they begin to really THINK about things in a new way, even if that way doesn’t always line up clearly with the way we have always thought about a subject.
Observing our children and their unique ways of learning and processing will enable to us to equip them for real thinking for the rest of their lives! Isn’t that exciting? Doesn’t that AWAKE something in you, mom and dad?
Keep those elementary years flexible enough in your homeschool so that you can awake more than just their brains….encourage their THINKS!
This week we have been focusing on the elementary years in homeschooling, and tomorrow’s post will be a collection of favorite memories from each of the 7 Sisters about our kids’ early homeschool journeys.
For a new resource for young students, download the literature study guide for Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricial MacLachlan. It’s half-price through the weekend…just $1.99.
The questions and activities suggested in this study guide will encourage your little ones to THINK about what they are reading beyond a simple comprehension of the story. Click here for a more detailed description.
And don’t forget that there are always FREE resources for you to download as well. Scheduling Backwards, Carry Each Other’s Burdens, and the Career Exploration Questionnaire are always available to you at no cost when you visit our EBookstore.