Creating an Atmosphere of Learning
When we first talked about homeschooling our children, one of the goalsthat we set for them was to foster a love of learning in their hearts andminds. We strive to expose them to as much as we can, many times inbite-sized pieces. We could not possibly expose them to everything indepth. So, by teaching them how to teach themselves and by creating anenvironment where learning is everywhere, we are reaping the fruit of ourcountless hours that we have devoted into this principle. I'm not naive inthinking that my work is done. With a 13 yr old on the cusp of enlightenment and a toddler to guide, I know there will be challenges.But, it's also nice to know that this tree doth bear fruit!You can create an atmosphere of learning whether youhomeschoolyourchildren or not. I'm not one of thosehomeschoolersthat thinks everyoneshouldhomeschool. I know that people choose different ways to educatetheir children and that some really great families make public and privateschools work for them. Those parents are really involved in theirchildren's lives. They have to make up for the time they are apart bybuilding a strong relationship. I admire these parents for working so hardto keep the lines of communication open with their children. I also admirehomeschoolersthat are around their children 24/7 and don't want toescape to a deserted island, but are able to joyfully spend time withthem.The following suggestions on creating an atmosphere of learning in yourhome are things that have worked for us.We are a homeschooling familyof five children with the strong belief that our lifestyle is more importantthen the textbooks and curricula that we choose.So much of what wewant to teach our children before they leave the nest comes from thetime that we spend together as a family.I hope this e-book shows youlittle ways to create an atmosphere of learning in your home.