Learning is natural. Curiosity is natural. All we have to do, especially in the very beginning, is to facilitate (and maybe bribe a little when it comes to long division [totally evil]) and provide an environment for that natural curiosity to result in the acquisition of knowledge.
Fill your house with books and paper and writing tools. Talk about important things with other adults in in front of your kids. Watch documentaries with them. Slap a calendar, a number chart, and the alphabet up on the wall. And get one of these:
For the first 1.3 years of homeschooling, we used a flat map of the world. That was okay. But when a curious 5 year old starts asking about how day and night and seasons and planets and time work, a map just doesn't cut it. So he asked for a globe for Christmas (true story).
You guys, not a single day goes by that someone isn't using that globe. It is amazing. Geography? Check. History? Check. Reading? Check. What time is it in Malaysia when it's 11 a.m. here? Check. What country looks like a snazzy boot kicking a misshapen potato? Check!
So many checks.
(and if you really, really, really love geography [guilty]: this)
Do you have a favorite homeschooling item? Slap it in a post or grab the link and add it here. Help some sistahs out!
|snazzy, I know.|