Written by Caitlin Curley of My Little Poppies
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A week before Christmas, my husband turned to me and asked, “So… have they been doing any math?”*
I felt myself bristle at his words. I sat up straighter, jaw set, defensive. “Of course we’ve done math!” I sputtered.
We had done math, just not much traditional math because it was the holidays.
My mind raced:
- We had read piles of math storybooks
- The kids had followed a recipe for bird cookies independently, tripling the recipe so they would each have plenty
- There had been lots of baking
- The children had done some holiday shopping
- We had watched a favorite DVD
- And, of course, we had played countless board games
But there was nothing tangible, no proof.
And that happens a lot with homeschooling.
Despite the intangible nature of our pre-Christmas mathematics, I was prepared to defend my case. After all, I know how well my children learn when I combine fantastic read alouds, experiential learning, and educational games.
I need not have worried; he believed me. There were no further questions. The doubt had passed.
* Now this is where I need to pause and tell you that my husband is my biggest homeschool supporter and cheerleader, but even the most amazing homeschool dads fall victim to occasional doubt and second-guessing… especially during holiday chaos!
The truth is, I used to doubt this approach to learning.
- Is it okay to set curriculum aside and pick up a book?
- Can games be considered curriculum?
- Does this really count as homeschooling?
Thankfully, this doubt has passed, too. I’ve been homeschooling long enough to know when we are doing something well.
I even have a name for it: gameschooling.