Once upon a time, I knew more than Sophie when it came to our shared passions. But I have to admit, these days, her knowledge far exceeds mine. Now I’m learning from my daughter.
“How did you make that blog post graphic?” I ask.
“I’ll show you,” offers Sophie. Then she adds, “I could make a screencast tutorial video about it for you. It might help if you forget what you have to do.”
So she does and I watch and learn, and soon I know how to make blog post graphics too.
I tell this story in this week’s podcast. Episode 34 is a bits and pieces podcast. I tell some stories about what’s been happening recently in our family, ponder some thoughts and share a few resources.
More specifically, I discuss:
- something exciting that happened last Friday
- whether or not we can prepare our children for an unknown future
- why we are glad we have an active dog
- how writing about Jane Fonda led to a new passion for Sophie.
- the importance of encouragement and sharing children’s passions
- how I discovered some muscles I haven’t used in a long time
- how unschooling children persevere even when no one is pushing them
- novel writing
- how children’s knowledge can soon exceed a parent’s and how they can end up teaching us
- how younger children can learn from older siblings
- some of the DVDs and videos we’ve been watching
- some of the things I’ve been working on
I hope you’ll listen!
Why Picnics Are Important
Many years ago, parenting and homeschooling could sometimes seem rather overwhelming, Some days my children refused to do what I asked. Or everyone needed me at exactly the same moment. Or I felt so tired I didn’t want to do anything at all. It sometimes became too much and I wanted to run away. “I’ve had enough!” I’d yell before running outside.
How Younger Siblings Learn by Listening In
Gemma-Rose sits in the same room as us, playing or drawing… and listening. She’s also transported into that other world at Elsinore. Occasionally I notice she puts down her pencil or her toy. She’s thinking about something she’s heard. Sometimes she even has her say when we’re discussing the play. And when we turn on the DVD to find out how the experts act out Shakespeare’s words, Gemma-Rose makes sure she gets a good seat. She is just as eager to watch as any of us. She doesn’t want to go off and play by herself. This is all much too interesting.