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What Do Kids Think About Love?

What Do Kids Think About Love?

Kids perspective on life is different to ours in many ways. Never was this more true than when a group of young kids were asked what they think about love. The results were amazing. No two kids gave the same response. Many of them drew from their life experiences – some assumed love just had to do with being part of a couple. But one thing’s for sure they were honest in their responses and that’s where the magic lies. To get a taste of what I mean, have a look at the short video where a sample of kids answer that same question.

Now have a read below at the many responses these kids gave when asked what they thought about love. Some will amaze you, others will make you smile and some of them will make you think. Kids are wise beyond their years – I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they see what we don’t and if we are willing to listen they can teach us a thing or two.

1. They’re Hard on Love

“If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long.”  ~Glen age 7

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m only a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” ~ Kenny age 7

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“I’m not rushing into love – I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” ~ Regina age 10

“Love is foolish, but I still might try it sometime”. ~ Floyd age 9

2. They Get Deep About Love

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know your name is safe in their mouth.” ~ Billy age 4

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” ~ Bobby age 7

“No-one is sure why it happens but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.” ~ Mae age 9

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3. They’re Wise About Love

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” ~ Jessica age 8

“One of you should know how to write a check, because even if you have tons of love there are going to be a lot of bills.” ~ Ava age 8

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” ~ Nikka age 6

4. They’re Cute About Love

“Love is when your puppy licks your face, even after you left him alone all day.” ~MaryAnne age 4

“One of the people has freckles, so he finds someone else who has freckles too.” ~ Andrew age 6

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“When you love somebody your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” ~ Karen age 7

5. They Think Love is Cringeworthy

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.” ~ Mark age 6

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing you still want to be together and  you talk more. Mommy and Daddy are like that, they look gross when they kiss.” ~ Emily age 8

6. They Think Love is About Sacrifice

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”

~ Elaine age 5 

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“Love is when my Mommy makes coffee for my Daddy and she takes a sip before she gives it to him to make sure it tastes okay.” ~ Danny age 7

7. They Think Love is About Being Old

“When my grandmother got arthritis she couldn’t bend down and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” ~ Rebecca age 8

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends, even after they know each other so well.” ~ Tommy age 6

I’m sure you’ll agree that our kids can be so intuitive, clever and creative. After reading the above we should be confident that the future is safe in the hands of these brilliant kids. Whoever would have thought that love could be described in so many wonderful ways.

I wish all the kids in the world a life full of love and joy, without pain and heartbreak and without too many bills or problems with arthritis!

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Published on November 7, 2018

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

Figure Out the Laws

Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

Decide on an Approach

Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

Supplies/Resources

Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

Find a Community

Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

7 Different Homeschooling Methods

1. School-At-Home

Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

  • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
  • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
  • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

2. Classical

One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

3. Unit Studies

Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

  • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
  • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
  • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

4. Charlotte Mason

This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

5. Montessori

Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

6. Unschooling

Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

7. Eclectic/Relaxed

As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

Email

Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

Google Drive/Calendar

Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

Ebooks

Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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E-Courses

When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

Some recommendations:

Youtube

Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

Some recommendations:

Final Thoughts

Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

Featured photo credit: Hal Gatewood via unsplash.com

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