Our kids know that their education must be important to us–that’s why we’ve chosen to homeschool.
But can they tell that our own education is also important to us? Are we modeling the characteristics of lifelong learning we hope to instill in them?
This topic always brings to mind the leadership education principle of “Inspire, Not Require.” Through a few simple actions, we can convey to our kids that learning never stops–that it’s part of this great adventure called life.
Here are three ways to show that you’re still learning.
1. Read–and leave your books out.
Reading alone isn’t the goal. Our children need to see us reading and see what we’re reading. So make a point to read occasionally in front of your children, and leave your current books and magazines out where they’ll discover them.
Some of our family’s most educational conversations began because a child asked a question about my books, which were strategically placed in the living room.
I recently had the opportunity to give my 5-year-old son a brief synopsis of The Lord of the Rings when he found me reading it during rest time. He was engrossed by the concept of a “magic ring,” and I could only get him back to his room by promising that he’d get to read it as well when he’s a bit older.
2. Talk to your kids about what you’re learning.
When you see an interesting (and age appropriate) headline on the news, share it with your children. Do the same with other information that comes your way throughout the day.
Be interested in life, not just your child’s grades or test scores. If you believe the world is a fascinating place, then tell them–model a keen interest and discuss what you hope to learn more about in the future.
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3. Challenge yourself.
Never be content to just maintain the status quo, even in your homeschool. It speaks volumes to our children when we challenge ourselves.
What dream lies dormant in your heart–how can you begin, even with the tiniest baby steps, to nurture it right now?
Whether it’s writing a book, getting a degree, reading a classic, or signing up for a pottery class–even spending an hour (or 15 minutes!) a week in research shows our children that we really believe in the importance of learning.
Through furthering our own education we invest in ourselves and our family.
Homeschooling is about so much more than getting your child’s “work” done for the day–it is a precious lifestyle and a valuable opportunity. So take a moment today to show your kids that you’re still learning.
How do you model the importance of lifelong learning for your children?