I’ve been thinking about my kids development lately and how I want them to grow up to be successful human beings in the future, so I thought i’d talk about self-educating your children at home.
The standard educational system here in the UK works quite well – teaching kids the basics of everyday life, the planet we live on and what’s beyond our planet too. Basic maths skills help teach the kids about money, and calculating formulas to solve problems.
When the kids return home from school, I like to listen to the kids reading to me – help them with any words they are stuck on and provide encouragement so they know they are doing the right thing.
Aurora is nearly 2 years old. Liam likes to teach her new words and get her to associate them with certain things, whether it be an object, gesture, animal and so on. I believe this is a good way to start off our kids early, knowing when they are older they already know that stuff and seek to educate themselves further with more advanced information.
Faith and Wyatt both read books now and again, but they sometimes lack the motivation and just want to play instead. I’m not going to stop them from having a childhood – they’re only children once!
I don’t want to push the kids too far with their education – they get enough of that at school, but I want to make sure they understand basic things in life so one day when they are much older, they can go off into the world themselves and know how to deal with things.
Back in Liverpool Liam set up a game for the kids to play involving paper money to teach the kids about buying and selling, to see who was better off at the end of it. Liam was the seller, Faith the buyer and Wyatt the wholesaler.
Liam bought in bulk from Wyatt and sold things individually to Faith at a higher price than what he bought them for. This made him better off at the end of the game. It helped Faith and Wyatt understand how to deal with money, and the basics of a marketplace.
Games like this help teach the kids things without appearing boring to them (as we know kids have short attention spans). I think it’s a good way to educate them and so shall be playing more like it in the future!
It breaks my heart thinking that one day my little babies will grow up to then leave to live their own lives, but for now they are still under my wing and have plenty of time to cherish with them and teach them about the crazy world ahead.
Things I would have liked to have learned in school to prepare me for the real world include:
- What tax is and how to deal with it.
- What a pension is and what I need to do to prepare for it.
- Different ways to make money.
- How to drive
There’s probably more I could add to that list, but that’s a few main examples that could have given me a head-start in life if I knew about them beforehand.
Do you educate your children at home? What things would you have liked to have been taught in school to give you a head start in life? Drop us a comment in the comments section below to let us know!
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