Friday, October 5, 2012

Stuff I Never Taught Them

Stuff I never taught them, but they know anyway....

  • Nursing
  • Copy editing (beyond the basics, anyway)
  • Wedding photography
  • Video special effects and other tech savvy stuff
  • Magic tricks
  • Drawing birds in detail
  • Skate board riding and repair
  • Country cooking
  • AP Chemistry
  • Knitting
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

So much more....

My ten children -- ranging in age from 7 to 25 -- have learned so much and taught me so much.   Just today, I listened to my oldest daughter intelligently discuss Nicomachean ethics with my sister.  I had absolutely no clue what they were talking about.

Ladies, if you're just getting started in home schooling, don't blow a gasket thinking of teaching them everything they will ever need to know.  You can't.  They can learn jolly well without you if they are interested enough.

Just give them the basic skills.  Read. Write. Speak in public.  Do math. Draw. Science and history too, of course!

Give them the tools for what interests them - butterfly nets, cookbooks, computer software, a camera.  

Let them take time to tinker, explore, take things apart. Making mistakes is part of the learning process.

Classes, clubs and mentors can help in areas where you don't know as much as they want to know.

Have fun learning new skills from your kids!

Virginia Knowles


  1. Very good advice! My daughters talk about Greek mythology...all of which they have learned on their own. I think that's one of the great parts of homeschooling is that they can, indeed, learn about what they are interested in and at their own pace. Your photo is great! (Visiting you from P52.)

  2. Very true. I often wondered where my sons learned what they did.

  3. You are absolutely right!! I have tried and proved that I can't learn everything they learn; though I sure have tried!! Homeschooling has been the best through thick and thin.

    Thank you for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this week. I hope you enjoyed the developing community.


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