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Monday, February 21, 2011

Feed Them for a Lifetime

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what we are doing in one subject or another that I lose sight of the big picture.  Good thing I’ve got the kiddos to bring me back down to earth. 

Mama:  “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

David (age 10):  “I want to be an architect and a farmer, an alpaca farmer.” 

Mary (age 7):  “Maybe a soccer player or dancer.  I also like animals, maybe I’ll be a vet.  Or maybe I’ll be a farmer instead of a vet.”

Peter (age 5):  “I think maybe I’ll be a swordfish.”

Puts a new spin on having a well-rounded education, doesn’t it.

{Smile} I’m pretty sure there’s no specific curriculum aimed at refining swordfish skills (maybe some swimming lessons would be appropriate), but this reminded me that my children see the world through different eyes than I do. 

It might seem important to me that they learn certain dates from American history or Latin word roots, but what’s really important, what will serve them no matter what field they pursue (and God’s plan for them), is their spiritual and intellectual foundation.  My goal is to help them build the right foundation and to acquire the tools they need to become independent learners.

You’ve heard the saying “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime?” 

The same is true of knowledge and learning.  I can fill my children’s heads with facts, but I can never fill their heads with all the facts.  There will always be gaps no matter what books or methods we use, and if they are limited to the knowledge I deem important, oh, that’s very limiting indeed. 

But if I can give them the ability to reason and research for themselves and offer them plenty of opportunities to explore things outside of our immediate experience, they can acquire whatever knowledge they might need. 

Sometimes I forget about that goal and turn into a fact-stuffer, especially when I’m thinking about portfolios…it’s so much easier to document fact-stuffing!  Time to come back down to earth and remember what homeschooling is really all about (for us).

This post is linked to the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog Cruise question:  What do your children want to be when they grow up and what are you doing to help them pursue their field of interest?


  1. Great job, Susan. I agree. Many times when I am thinking about what my children most need to learn, I am simply back to that spiritual foundation. :)

    I'm sitting this Blog Cruise out, due to a pending review, scouts tonight, plus a lack of inspiration for this topic since my children keep changing their career goals. ;)

  2. This is a great reminder about why I homeschool. Thanks, and thank you for stopping by my blog today. I usually read yours in email, and then make a mental note to go back and comment. It's a good plan, but it rarely works out that way.

  3. Swordfish huh? I have one that wants to be Dora or Cinderella. So I guess a spanish speaking house keeper who makes it to the ball :) I can do that! Come to think of it, she's been the quickest in picking up and using her spanish skills the most. Maybe she's onto something here lol

  4. I like the idea of being an alpaca farmer.


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