A continuation of our series on how to homeschool – teaching tips you can use this week!
What are you preparing your children for?
Will they simply follow those around them?
Or, will they be a strong leader?
Whatever you are doing at home right now is preparing your kids for their future. In my first article, I discussed teaching technique 1 and the importance of instilling godly character in your kids. Strong character traits are essential to be a strong leader. Let’s look at the next key in your home schooling curriculum in raising leaders.
Teaching Technique #2
DEVELOP A LOVE OF LEARNING
Education is a life-long activity. To become an excellent leader, your children must always learn new ideas and concepts. These formidable years in your home are a wonderful and exciting time to provide a love of life-long learning.
Not only does an early love of learning prepare your children for future leadership, it also prepares them for independent studies in their near future. Those students who enjoy learning are one step ahead with studying on their own. Since independent studies are a major goal in leadership education, you must provide the pre-requisite while your children are young.
Do your children love to learn?
Are you modeling a love of learning for your children?
Providing an environment that encourages education is the first step to building a pattern of lifetime learning. As a way of forming that environment, your home schooling curriculum should include plenty of books, arts & crafts supplies, science kits, and educational games. Of course, these items should be easily accessible to your children so that learning is part of playing.
A learning-friendly environment also includes time to enjoy reading, creating, playing and dreaming. Your schedule should allow time to develop character through work, but also include time for learning. Find a balance in your daily schedule between the development of character and a love of learning.
One of the best ways to develop a strong desire for lifetime education is reading aloud as a family. Choose a quality classic your children will enjoy and read it aloud everyday. In the beginning, simply read for pleasure. Allow your children the opportunity to interact with excellent books.
Once your children see pleasure in books, you should discuss the ideas found within the story. Not only will your children start to learn from read alouds, they will also grow in wisdom as they contemplate the questions you pose.
Building a love of learning is essential to prepare your children for life-long learning and to become wise leaders. Your home schooling curriculum should utilize teaching techniques that encourage a love for learning.
leave a comment and let me know how you develop a love of learning in your kids…THANKS!
Copyright Kerry Beck, 2011
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