In every instance that a lesson of life could be taught to my children, I tried to take it. My initial approach to teaching was without the boundaries of four walls – maybe the living room one day, the kitchen the next, the backyard, or even by the boat docks after an early morning walk with my children. This freestyle approach to imparting knowledge and information raised my children to levels of academic readiness. Instead of lessons about green leaves on the textured trees, the lessons were now from the white page leaves of the thick textbooks.
Having a more mathematical, scientific, right/wrong approach to learning – stemming from my scientific and medical pursuits – I found the need to infuse a little bit of that structured learning into our academic learning practices. Basically, setting up a traditional classroom as a home-school classroom allows parents, such as myself, the opportunity to delineate where the home ends and the classroom begins. This is rather beneficial for those parents choosing a textbook approach to homeschooling.
Because education was in everything we did – from explaining nearly “why and how” for everything, to having my children observe my daily tasks and duties – it was difficult to “play” formal school without the whole shebang. So, we transformed a room – highly used at that – into not a playroom, but our center for learning. Yes, we had to rename our dining room. The motivation came from the fact that my children were rapidly outgrowing their shoes and clothes, which signalled to me that it was time for a more structured, sit-down learning approach.
Now, of course, this is not the only option that homeschooling parents have. There is certainly unparalleled success in maintaining a learning enviornment devoid of a structured classroom. In fact, once a parent becomes their child’s “official” teacher, teaching and nurturing seemingly has no end in any given day, seamlessly.
The benefit of having a structured, traditional classroom is that the parent-teacher can set up different resources within the new classroom. Desks, chairs, tables, shelves and many types of learning equipment can adorn the space of this new educational room of sorts. Bookshelves can be filled with educational books purchased from bookstores, library sales, garage sales, and thrift stores, which, by the way, amazingly feature many cheaply-priced used books…read more