All homeschooling moms would probably agree with me when I say that teaching our children can be quite challenging at times. One thing I’ve learned over the years (which are not that many yet, I know) is that I need to be more flexible with my methods.
For example, my two older kids love making up their own stories. However, one of them doesn’t like to write (meaning practice writing) and the other is still learning how to write. This should not stop us, though, from documenting their thoughts and made-up stories. Usually, I try to write down their stories for them, or type them up on the computer. Sometimes, I let them make videos or audio recordings of themselves.
It was only recently though that I thought of helping my son set up a blog. I was actually inspired by fellow homeschooler Carissa’s son, who — at 7 years old — has his own blog. I thought that it would be a good way for our son to express his thoughts and get into the habit of writing, without having to convince him to physically write. (Am I the only homeschooling mom who struggles with getting handwriting practice done?! Please, please tell me that I’m not!)
So, yes, I guess you could say that blogging is one of the new “tools” that I’m using in our homeschool. I was further affirmed when I read this article on why academic teaching doesn’t help kids excel at life, and this piece on how blogging is the new persuasive essay. Here are my favorite takeaways:
Since starting his blog on Monday, my son has published 2 posts (1 of which got more “Likes” on Facebook than most of my posts usually get, ha, ha!) and he is excited to blog some more. Initially, he wanted his blog name to be “I Love Jesus” but the URL ilovejesus.wordpress.com was already taken.
I have been teaching him how to add new posts, add images and edit his posts when needed. I’m happy that he seems pretty worked up about blogging — he asks me at least once a day about when he should update his blog. I think it’s a good way to get him to learn how to type (I never took typing lessons or classes but only learnt to do it quickly along the way). We get to cover a bit of Language and Spelling while he’s writing his posts, too 😉
The thought of using learning “tools” like blogs would probably have never crossed my mind if we weren’t homeschooling, so I really thank God that we are! 🙂 I get to learn alongside my kids too!
What learning “tools” have you discovered or used lately (whether or not you homeschool)? What do you think about letting our kids blog? I’d love to “talk” with you in the comments! 🙂