Investing In The Future

Investing_FutureAs 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? Might we buy candy molds to learn 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 in 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 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 might be a bit more pricey; those will require patience and a dedicated savings allotment. Surprisingly, most are within reach and worth the nominal fee. Anything which will help our children better discover their gifts and further the path the Lord lays before them, is a must.

📢 Chime In!: What is the most unusual investment you’ve made for your children’s education?

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13 thoughts on “Investing In The Future

  1. I would have to say our most unusual purchase was a computer pen. I am not sure if that is what they are called but they are used to draw on the computer. Along with that we bought Adobe software. The other odd purchase was different types of paper that looked like rocks, wall paper a forest. These were bought so my other son could have back drops for his stop animation films.

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    • We do a lot of cooking around here. My 11 year old son has learned how to make pasta but also bake cupcakes from scratch. I taught everyone how to do laundry somewhere around their 4th grade year. IMO, life skills are some of the most important. We did buy a bow and arrows and a target; everyone learned a few summers ago. We also keep some games on our homeschool shelf like Mancala and we play while we are on brain breaks (recess). It helps with learning good sportsmanship, another important life skill.

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      • We bought something like a kit. It has Bamboo? It came with Adobe something 🙂 He used the pad that came with it. He is 19 yrs old now and living in another state. So this was at least 6 years ago, before tablets.

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  2. Our latest big expense I chalked up to education was two hockey jerseys at $125 each for my son’s travel hockey team. ( Yikes!) My husband is a big believer in sports as being a part of educating the whole person. Oh and then we had to get a really good helmet. I told my husband If I am going to spend so much time and effort educating his mind we had better protect his noggin!

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  3. My oldest is an avid baker so all sorts of new pans have been popping up in the cupboard! I try to encourage their strengths and interests which have been technology, art and music. Usually that means investing in camps and classes. An ‘unusual’ purchase happened last night. My middle son asked if he could purchase a $19 domain to launch a freelance Web design business. I gave a thumbs up !

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  4. I’m right on the verge of buying a sewing machine. My 6 year old recently popped up with the idea of making her own clothes. I bought her some fat quarters, needle and thread which she promptly sewed into a great many things and then asked for machine. So I think our next big learning purchase will be a mid grade sewing machine. But our piano, by far, is the most expensive thing we’ve purchased.

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    • Sewing machines are a great investment. Right now, we’re trying to establish a regular routine of lessons.

      We’d be interested in hearing how often you plan to work on projects, and if you have planned lessons worked out.


  5. Great post! A definite blessing of homeschooling is making time to explore more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic.

    I’d like to add, I think one of the most important investments involves spending time rather than money — teaching our kids to look beyond their own interests and spend time with others. For example, we have been so blessed from visiting with several widows/widowers and taking gifts to friends in the nursing home. We think we are there to brighten their day, but they always end up enriching ours even more.

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  6. I don’t think we invest in anything unusual. One kid is passionate about gymnastics, so we invest in that. One in animation and horseback riding, so we invest in that. Each one may develop their passions. Perhaps that is what is unusual. ..

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