Our kids don’t watch a ton of tv, but Phineas and Ferb is one of our favorites. We cut out cable because it was such a waste, so we mostly watch on Netflix or Hulu. Anyway, Phineas and Ferb. These boys were meant to be homeschooled!! Could you imagine if their whole childhood was filled with days of invention and not just their precious Summer Vacation? I know, I know….it’s a cartoon. But really, there are kids out there that are super passionate about something and it is being stifled by life in a classroom.
Imagine if you were able to follow your passions. Not your every whim, but those subjects/projects/whatever (mind outta the gutter people!) that you feel so strongly about. I’m not saying that we need to play into our kids’ every passing thought, but you know your kiddo has That One Thing. For our 6 year old, it’s Lego. That boys LOVES Lego. But it’s not the playing that he enjoys so much. It is the designing for that one. We never would have figured that out if we didn’t give him some freedom to just go build. Our 9 year old is a little harder to explain
His passion is strategic thinking, for lack of a better term. I’m not sure how to word that. He plans these elaborate things in his head. I understand it because I do the same thing only mine is more toward art-type things and his is anything from huge events that could happen to battles in space. It’s the process. The plan. Hopefully you catch my drift.
The point is: give them some freedom! We’re homeschoolers not home schoolers. Big difference between homeschooling and just having school at home. Don’t accidentally snuff out your child’s One Big Thing because he needed to read Homer for one more hour.