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?
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?