The following post is written by contributing writer Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
I‘ll go out on a limb here and say that the majority of parents who’ve homeschooled more than a year or two start thinking about creating independent learners.
Once our kids have mastered the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, we’re ready to start preparing them for learning on their own.
It’s not, I don’t think, that we are eager to get away from our kids. It’s just that, by that point, we’ve spent a lot of time pouring in to them and we’re ready for them to start working on their own a bit.
You know, long enough for us to do a load of laundry, put away the dirty dishes, or make a quick phone call.
Or go to the bathroom alone.
I don’t really expect a lot of independence from my kids until they’re about middle school age, but there are little things that we can start doing to prepare them before then. [Read more…]