I spent many years supporting breastfeeding mamas and one of the mantras I told new moms was to “watch the baby, not the clock.” We knew that it was more important to get to know your baby than watching an artificial timepiece that the child knew nothing about 🙂 The more we get to know our babies, the better we can care for them.
I carried that mantra into my homeschooling philosophy. The importance of watching your child and not just the curriculum or the program or the schedule. (Related to another favorite saying, the curriculum is your servant, not your master!!) What motivates your child? How does he work? How does he best learn? What discourages him? These answers will be different for every child as any parent or teacher knows!
The real benefit of homeschooling (vs school e-learning, which is a different animal) is customizing their education to what you learn. Letting your kids play to their strengths and pulling back when panic sets in. Watching for what lights them up and captures their attention. Once you have their interest and their attention, the learning will follow!
Watch your child! You are the parent and no one will know your child like you do. And really learning about our kids is a lifetime adventure 🙂 What have you learned about your kids lately?