The best thing about homeschooling is not being around my children all day, although that’s one of the very good things. The best thing about homeschooling is the conversation – the unique perspective I get from them and what I’m able to give them.
Homeschooling is nothing if not conversations.
A Random Important Conversation
Consider this. We were riding along one day headed to the grocery store when my son piped up from the back of our minivan:
“Mom, money comes from the President.”
“No, that’s not true,” I replied. “Can you think of how money is created?”
“In the mint?”
We had a fairly long conversation about money and value and how it’s created after that. After all, one of the things we try to do often is to connect money, value and work for the children from a very young age.
I knew it wouldn’t be the last.
We leave room in our planning for conversation. Part of our car schooling strategy is to get out of the house once a week. When we are in the car, all we do is memorize. And leave a blank slate for conversations.
The most interesting questions come up.
“If the President changes, do all the laws change?”
“What are taxes?”
“How much money do we have?”
“What is a budget?”
“If we make something and sell it, the cheaper we make it, the more people buy it, right? That’s the way to make a lot of money.”
Of course economics, politics and civics are not the only conversations we have in the car but I am surprised by how often they do think about such things. These are the very things we seem to relegate to a much later age for teaching and I’ve often wondered why.
While I’m not a fan of preschool and early education, I absolutely think that even elementary aged kids can and should be taught basic economics, history and civics.
You don’t need a curriculum; all you need is conversation.