Monday, October 19, 2009

Train Up a Child (Part Two)

Here are the practical tips I promised you last week. Have fun!
• Reserve some time each day or week for exploration of new skills and interests.
• Provide the raw materials for activities not covered in your curriculum—a camera for the future photographer, fabric and sewing machine, broken vacuum cleaner, musical instruments, jump ropes, basketballs, paints and brushes. You get the idea.
• Set aside room in your home and backyard for projects. Remember that your children’s visions will need space to become reality.
• Network with other families from your homeschool group, church and community to teach skills to each others’ budding experts in the field. (We’ve swapped tennis lessons for swimming lessons.)
• Be open. Try not to judge what your child is interested in pursuing unless it is against the law, the Bible or common standards of human decency. (Our homeschool group gave our son a stage to try his hand at stand-up comedy. Not your normal endeavor, but he loved it.)
• Keep in mind that lots of people end up pursuing careers in areas that they once considered only hobbies. (My daughter now makes most of her money giving tennis lessons—a skill we encouraged during her school years.)
• Remind your children that working on a skill whether it is math or violin is honoring God—the One who made them.

1 comment:

  1. Job-shadowing is another good way to allow your children to explore different careers. My daughter put in volunteer hours with an occupational therapist and discovered she loves working with special needs children. Since this is not my strength, I'm thankful she discovered this by volunteering.