So, parents of schooled kids wonder what schooled kids do in their free time. They play video games, of course.
My kids? Well, in their free time, they do school.
I’m being completely serious.
Alasandra just linked to a relatively positive article about homeschooling in Illinios. The article just made me think about how we homeschool. People are positive when they think you are doing school at home. You know — the way they imagine school should be. That has to be better than school, right? It’s one-on-one and individualized to the learner. But what about people who don’t do school at home? What about those of us who completely buck the system? Are they so congratulatory then? Probably not. It doesn’t fit into their educational paradigm.
Tonight, we visited News Channel 8 studios. The kids actually got to be on live TV (that was a surprise to all). When we got home, they got out their video camera (we got them a cheap digitial videocam last year) and pretended to do newscasts. I was chuckling over things I heard them say like, “Back to you, Phil,” and “We’ll be live in 5-4-3-2-1…”
You may have already read my recent post about how Simon has decided to become a writer. He has continued to write about 2 pages every day (handwritten). He is choosing this as a fun thing to do. I’m so happy! He only does this at night though, after a good long day of video gaming!
Nighttime around here is filled with educational activities. Their days are spent on the computer playing games — which, by the way, include an amazing amount of learning about economics, math, and social interactions/getting along with others/cooperation. I’m not ready to argue that computer time is a positive thing, but I’m beginning to believe that it is.
At night we do our AVKO Sequential Spelling tests (all three boys do it together at the same level). They complain and laugh and try to get out of it, but we do it anyway. They know that spelling is important. That is really the only non-unschool thing we do. We have math books that we work through, but not consistently. They are great with math, all of them, but in different ways. I truly believe that when they are ready, they will learn it.
So, the big difference I see with homeschooled and schooled kids is how they spend their free time. Do you see that too?