Investing in the Future

I could see the excitement in her eyes. She had found herself a gem and was about to launch into a full-scale attempt at convincing me we needed this investment. I calmly waiting for her to begin, listened carefully, and decided perhaps it was time to invest in the future.

As home educators, we generally consider a wide variety of resources ‘learning material’. We purchase text books, reading books, rulers, pencils, microscopes, and more. We stock our cupboards full of art supplies and handy helps, which make our jobs easier and our kids lives more fun. None of these things is wrong; in fact, if you didn’t do this, I would be a little concerned. I just wonder if we haven’t overlooked a few additional areas of investment.

When was the last time we dug out our pans to teach our children how to bake? When was the last time we bought candy molds to teach our children the art of being chocolatiers? Have you ever played with fondant? Do our children know how to sew, crochet, or knit? Are our kiddos interested in learning how to cross-stitch, play croquet, or shoot a bow and arrow?

Investing in the Future

To some, these items might all seem frivolous. After all, they aren’t essential to a standard learning experience. But one has to ask, why not?! Why aren’t these areas of learning a natural part of our children’s year?

Our family has recently decided to let a few of our ‘outside responsibilities’ go to the way side and purposefully invest in a few of these interests.

The children are all growing up. They each are expressing interest in various creative endeavors and we, as their parents, are doing our best to make this happen. New baking pans are miraculously popping up in our cupboards, candy molds are finding their way into our shopping carts, sewing kits have been created, and research is being done for group activities.

Some of our investments are going to be a bit more pricey, but they are well worth it. Anything which will help our children better discover their gifts and further the path the Lord lays before them, is a must.

What is the most unusual investment you’ve made for your children’s education?

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6 thoughts on “Investing in the Future

  1. I love that you blogged about this! A big part of the reason we homeschool is exactly this…so Grace can pursue interests and skills not provided in our public schools (or not provided often/well).

    Our unusual investments usually involve trips to the Dollar Store for 100 balloons or Home Depot for lumber…that sort of thing for whatever goofy project we’ve dreamed up. Of course, we do the books, microscope, telescope stuff, too. 🙂

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  2. Much time and some money spent on tatting. With only one daughter (and 4 sons!) I tried hard not to force upon her all the responsibilities of homemaking, while her brothers took turns with the mowing or firewood…
    Still, she learned crochet, tatting, sewing, cooking, and baking. Her daddy told her she was not allowed to graduate until she had cooked an entire meal from scratch without assistance–holdover from his childhood when his sister could not get permission to marry until she could make good gravy. 🙂
    Each of my children wanted certain recipes before they would leave home. I think they thought they would starve if they were not living here. And each knew how to do his own laundry. Even some of my daughters-in-law have called me up for more information.
    Our sons used to beg me to buy bananas, and then not eat them. I was puzzled until I learned they were waiting for over-ripeness, to beg their sister for her banana bread. It was such a vital part of life for us, I even showed/taught her how to make it without an electric mixer. I should post about that, eh?
    However, my daughter never did really want to “learn to cook”. She always said, “Mom, you taught me to read. Now just buy me a good cookbook!” So I gave her my old Joy of Cooking. 🙂

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  3. Unusual. My 15 year old had us invest in all this techy stuff so that he could have live gaming channel on YouTube. I’ll tell you though the best part was his ability to locate these typically expensive things on sale and with coupon codes. In fact he has turned out to be quite the discount locator.

    Oh wait, we had to buy gallons of white glue so he could make ballistic gel! That was fun.

    How much vinegar does your house go through.

    This question is bringing back some great memories.

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