One of the discussions I find myself returning to, whether in terms of a discussion with other parents, or when I’m reflecting on why I think homeschooling is right for us, is: what’s the point? More specifically, what are the particular goals I have in mind for my children.
While I aspire to order shiny new curriculum, have them speak and read fluent Latin, and memorize the Constitution (lawyers’ children much?), I’ve come to realize that the most important things I want for them, in no particular order, are to:
- Be intellectually curious.
- Develop capability to conduct research to find information, and relatedly to know where to look or who to ask for help.
- Love learning.
- Follow their interests.
- Develop strong study skills and habits, and organization skills.
- Work independently.
- Focus when necessary, for increasingly extended periods of time.
- Experience real life and all the lessons it has to offer.
- Stop and smell the roses, literally and figuratively.
- Have fun!
Striving to develop these 10 goals with my children, which could probably be narrowed to a shorter list of interconnected skills/traits, are far more important to me than them being able to recite all 50 state capitals–although I’d like them to learn those too 🙂