If I lived to be 100 and had endless freetime, there still would not be enough time to explore, research and do everything that I find interesting. There are too many books to read, instruments to play, places to visit, back roads to drive, and people to talk with. I find the world a fascinating place.
That is why Anna’s post about Homeschooling Heresies resonated with me. When I read her philosophy and see what she does with her children, it seems very real and alive to me. I especially appreciate this thought that is applicable whether someone homeschools or not:
Live an interested life. I cannot put this in bold enough face. You are interpreting the world to your child. Is it fascinating for you? Are you engaged in creating, in thinking, in knowing people? Do you make music, take pictures, cook, teach yourself to sew, hike someplace new, learn to fish, eat at a new restaurant, take the back way into town? Are you reading about the history of mental illness, repairing furniture, learning to oil paint? *Show* your child how interesting the world is, and they will love to learn.
We try to live this every day with Caroline. We are always looking for interesting things to show her, point out, and help her discover. Today she:
- went to the doctor with me
- petted a kitten
- pondered the puffy clouds
- listened to the thunder
- cut flowers from the garden with Daddy
- played with my calculator
- watched the birds at the birdfeeder outside her bedroom window
We have already started demonstrating to her that there is so much to see in the world and so much to ponder. Even at two and a half, she is already very much engaged in looking at the world around her and discussing it.
I absolutely love this part of being a mommy. It’s so rewarding to show your child that the world is truly a fascinating place with practically endless opportunities to explore, learn, examine, and ponder.
Showing a child to see and contemplate the wonders of the world is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child.