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? 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?